Anthropology | Culture Contact and Colonialism
P600 | 24977 | Scheiber


This course focuses on the critical role of archaeology in the study
of culture contact and colonialism.  Students will consider research
issues, theoretical perspectives, and methodological approaches used
for studying indigenous and colonial histories.  Since the Columbian
Quincentenary, there has been a renaissance in archaeological field
projects examining native peoples encounters with multi-ethnic
colonial communities established by Spain, Russia, France, and Britain
in the Americas.  Readings will focus on recent archaeological
findings within a diverse range of colonial contexts, including
missions, mercantile colonies, presidio/military communities, ranchos,
frontier outposts, plantations, and homesteads.  Areal coverage will
emphasize the Americas, but other regions will be considered depending
on the interest of seminar participants.  Class discussions will
compare and contrast the varied range of colonial policies and
practices that were imposed upon native populations, and how
indigenous peoples negotiated and mediated these colonial structures
through their daily practices.  We will also discuss ways that culture
contact research challenges interdisciplinary (and sub-disciplinary)
boundaries.  Grades will be based on seminar participation, oral paper
presentation, and a research paper.