Anthropology | SEM: Archaeology, Heritage and Violence
P600 | 0441 | Pyburn


This is a graduate class about the relationship between the project of
archaeological investigation and violence in the political present. The
most archaeologically studied places in the world are also some of the
most violent and most economically disadvantaged. In this course we will
consider the possibility that this is not a coincidence and what factors
may result in the connection between archaeology and political unrest.

The class will all begin with ARCHAEOLOGY UNDER FIRE; a Routledge Volume
edited by Lynn Meskell in 1998 and proceed to a selection of relevant
readings from a variety of sources. Students will take turns abstracting
these articles for discussion. Then by the 4th week of class, students
will have selected culture areas and groups of 2-3 students will focus
first on the investigation of the modern political context of a chosen
area. Then we will proceed to an analysis of the archaeological
questions and approaches that have been researched or are current in the
scholarship of that locus. Class discussions will be structured around
comparisons of findings in the different culture areas under
investigation.

Students will be evaluated for class participation, article abstracts,
and on a final research paper to be developed from their culture area
research.