Anthropology | Mortuary Practices
B400 | 24873 | Cook


Above class meets 1st eight weeks only

This course is a seminar in the anthropology of mortuary ritual and
the disposal of the dead.  We will concentrate equally on ethnographic
accounts of the great variety of mortuary practices and on
applications of this body of information to interpreting the
archeological record.  Grades are based on class participation (50%),
and on a final paper (50%). A seminar depends on consistent,
thoughtful participation each week from each person.  You must come to
class prepared to discuss the material we are reading.  If
participating in discussion is difficult for you, it can help to make
notes in advance on issues you wish to raise.  Each of you will be
responsible for discussing sources that the other seminar members have
not read.  When we do individual reading assignments, each person will
prepare a written summary of the item he or she has presented for
distribution to other seminar participants.  You will find that your
colleagues in the seminar are quite helpful in finding resources for
your research.

Expect approximately 100 pages of reading per week for the first eight
weeks of class. The second eight weeks will devoted to the research
project.  Your final paper should aim at a substantial, original
review or analysis suitable for submission to an appropriate journal.
Please meet individually with me to discuss a topic for the final
paper before our third class meeting.  A one-page prospectus of your
project is due at our last meeting before spring break.  Each seminar
participant will present a summary of the project at our final class
meeting.

REQUIRED TEXT
Laderman, G.     1996 The Sacred Remains: American Attitudes toward
Death, 1799-1883.  Yale U. Press.