Anthropology | ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST
P600 | 9437 | Garniewicz
For students with some experience in archaeology this course will
provide you with the opportunity to examine a unique area with some
intriguing research problems. Students who are interested in the
prehistory of the Southwest but do not have any anthropology experience
will be able to keep up with readings and lectures and will certainly find
there is much to be learned.
This course will span the entire prehistory of the American
Southwest, from the Ice Age hunters of the Late Glacial through the
development of increasingly complex societies up to the start of written
records in AD1540. We will study the Paleoindian, Archaic, Anasazi,
Mogollon, Hohokam, Sinagua and other cultural groups. This course
provides an overview of these people, including where they lived, how they
made a living, and what kinds of material culture they left behind. The
goals of this course include understanding the great diversity of
societies that lived in the Greater Southwest (how and why they differed
from each other) as well as to investigate how and why these peoples'
adaptations changed over 12,000 years of prehistory. The archaeological
record from the southwest will also be used to explore general issues of
prehistoric behavior. Key topics will include the origins of agriculture,
the rise and fall of civilizations, and cannibalism.
Grades for this course will be primarily based on three equally
weighted multiple-choice exams, each covering a third of the course
material. If you miss one of these exams for any reason you will have to
take a comprehensive final exam. No make-up essays, make-up quizzes,
extra credit assignments or incompletes will be given. Students will be
expected to attend class regularly and turn in assignments on time.
Graduate students will have to prepare a research paper and give a
30-minute presentation of their results in class.