Anthropology | Historical Archaeology
P330 | 24950 | Sievert
Description: This course takes you into the past using archaeology,
historical documents, and material culture. Historical archaeology is
the study of societies after the point of contact with European
cultures. This time period is one of culture contact, rapid change,
population movement, immigration, and fluctuating power relations.
Historical archaeology is particularly suited to looking at the
archaeology of domestic life for a variety of folks, including slaves,
Native Americans, and European colonists in the Americas. It is also
useful for examining behaviors that are not well documented otherwise,
perhaps because they are unpopular or illegal. During the first part
of the course, we will cover general topics and methodology. We will
evaluate documents and explore the kinds of documents that historical
archaeologists use. You will get practice evaluating artifacts,
including structures and technology (like bricks, glass and ceramics).
We will then read and discuss case studies that deal with different
cultural situations. Finally we will discuss the implications of
historical archaeology for heritage and preservation issues. Format:
There will be illustrated lectures, discussions, guests, labs, videos
and field experiences.
Evaluation: Your grade comes from papers/exercises, tests, and a
What This Awl Means: Feminist Archaeology at a Wahpeton Dakota
Village, by Janet Spector. Minnesota Historical Society. 1994
Historical Archaeology, by Charles Orser, Prentice Hall.
A Village of Outcasts: Historical Archaeology and Documentary Research
at the Lighthouse Site, by Kenneth Feder. Mayfield. 1994.