Anthropology | Household Archaeology
P600 | 28129 | King


As a result of various theoretical shifts in archaeology,
anthropology, and the social sciences in general, the study of
households has become a central part of archaeological research
design.  In this seminar, we will discuss different theoretical
perspectives that place households as objects of study and consider
the degree to which each perspective is successful, however success
might be defined.  We will also consider why households are important
in archaeological interpretation and we will assess the impact of
household studies on archaeology and anthropology.

Part of the course will be dedicated to exploring the kinds of
research questions, methods, and strategies that a focus on households
entails, from practical in-the-field methodologies to ideas about how
to justify household studies in research proposals.  Students will
have the opportunity to review examples of successful research
proposals that incorporate household research and will be able to
workshop their own proposals later in the semester.

This course will be taught as a seminar. Over the course of the
semester, students will be expected to do assigned readings,
participate in discussions, give presentations, and work independently
on a research proposal that addresses some of these issues.  Readings
will include ethnography, ethnoarchaeology, ethnohistory, and
archaeology.  Examples will be drawn from household studies around the
globe, some of which will be chosen in consultation with the
instructor and/or self-directed.