Anthropology | Archaeologies of Identity
P600 | 0432 | King

In this course, we will explore the ways that archaeologists have
approached the study of social identities of people in the past.
Through readings and discussions, we will focus on interconnected
dimensions of social identity, including age, class, gender, race,
ethnicity, and sexuality, how identity was experienced in the lives of
the people we study, and how archaeologists connect material phenomena
to the social experience of identity.  We will examine the theoretical
underpinnings and the historical basis for archaeologies of identity,
and try to connect ethnographic studies of identity with
archaeological investigation.  The readings in this course will
address the following topics in a weekly seminar format:

gender                          social stratification and class, or "
elites" and "commoners"
ethnicity                       neighborhoods, barrios, and
mortuary analysis               economic production and specialization
age-based difference            sexuality and sexual identities
food and identity               identity in the field and the ethics
of archaeological practice
language and literacies         race and nation in historical
house and household             narrative, dialogue, and
archaeological writing

Course grade will be based on participation and class preparation, and
three short writing assignments (two essays and a book review).

Prerequisites: This class is intended for undergraduate anthropology
majors and graduate students who have (at least) taken Anthropology P
200 or an equivalent class on the methods and theories of archaeology.
If you do not meet these criteria but are interested in taking this
course, please email the professor at