HISTORY AND THEORY OF ARCHAEOLOGY
MW 1000-1150 HSS 106
Instructor Description Texts Evaluation Goals Schedule
|Dr. Robin L. Smith
Office: HSS 210B
Office Hours: M-R 1200-1330
and by appointment
|Note: If you have a disability that might require assistance or accommodations for any aspect of this course, please stop by my office during the first week of classes to confer. You may also contact the Office of Disability Services, at 838-8250 V/TTY, for information about accessibility and accommodations.|
To understand what is happening today or what will happen in the future, I look back. Oliver Wendell Holmes
This course examines the development of modern archaeological science from beginnings in the 18th century through the emergence of contemporary theories of cultural evolution with an emphasis on Americanist archaeology. We explore current theoretical issues and concerns, including ethics, feminist critiques, and post-processual paradigms. Seminar format; student participation is an integral component of the course.
|Trigger, Bruce G.
2006 A History of Archaeological Thought. Second Edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
1999 Archaeological Theory: An Introduction . Walnut Creek, California: Blackwell.
This course is built upon collaborative analysis of assigned readings. Preparation and attendance are mandatory. Responsibility for leading in-class discussion rotates among members of the seminar. The seminar leader will prepare a succinct outline of the chapter, introduce the main points, and then call on members of the class for contributions. The class will respond and then pose questions for further discussion. Brief essays are due for each assignment are due at the beginning of class.
Each member also conducts research on a special topic selected to contribute to the seminar. This research is discussed with the class during the second half of the term and submitted as a formal paper at the last regular class meeting. The final is a presentation of the research and response to questions about it from the seminar participants during the final exam period.
Do not enroll in this course if you do not plan to attend and participate fully and enthusiastically.
Please note: all work prepared outside of class must be typed/word processed; this encourages planning for adequate time to read and compose as well as type and shows repect for your reading audience.
Keep a copy for your records. Always back up your work.
Chapter Essays: Read the chapter, noting major topics covered, terms defined, key people and dates. Select the most compelling issue, idea or insight and find a quotation that captures its essence. In 1-2 pages double spaced, introduce your topic, quote your quote, and discuss its significance. Try, once we get under way, to make connections with previous chapters or other readings..
Grades are assigned according to the
following scale: A = 93-100, A- = 90-92; B+ = 87-89; B = 83-86; B- = 80-82;
C+ = 77-79; C = 73-76; C- = 70-72; D+ = 67-69; D = 63-66; D- = 60-62; < 60
|Weighting of required
50 % Participation
a high value on academic honesty and expect my students to do the same.
Please ensure you understand the definition of academic dishonesty in the
Code of Student
Responsibility. I refer apparent cases of academic dishonestly
to the Coordinator of Campus Judicial Affairs for ajudication. If
you have any questions or concerns about how you have quoted, paraphrased
or cited sources, seek my assistance before you submit your
Participation in this course will strengthen your skills as a reader, researcher, writer, speaker, and listener as you enhance your knowledge and appreciation of:
ANTH 480 SCHEDULE WINTER 2009
|WEEK 1 Introductions and Plan for the Seminar|
|Monday Jan 5||Organizational meeting
Review Paper Guide
|Wednesday Jan 7||
Why We Need Theory
|WEEK 2 Biblical Views of the Past|
|Monday Jan 12||Trigger: Ch
2 Classical and Other Text-Based Archaeologies (40-79)
|Wednesday Jan 14||Trigger: Ch 3 Antiquarianism
without Texts (80-120)
|WEEK 3 A Systematic Approach Emerges|
|Monday Jan 19||No Class--M.
L. King Holiday
Search out your theorist -- visit my office this week.
|Wednesday Jan 21||Trigger: Ch
4 The Beginnings of Prehistoric Archaeology (121-165)
|WEEK 4 Political Agendas in Archaeology|
|Monday Jan 26||
Ch 5 Evolutionary Archaeology (166-210)
|Wednesday Jan 28||
Trigger: Ch 6 Culture-Historical
Archaeology: Part I(211-247)
|WEEK 5 The Concept of Culture Applied|
|Monday Feb 2||Trigger:
Ch 6 Culture-Historical Archaeology: Part II(248-311)
|Wednesday Feb 4||Trigger: Ch
7 Early Functional-Processual Archaeology (314-385)
|WEEK 6 History with Artifacts ?|
|Monday Feb 9|| Trigger:
Ch 8 Processualism and Postprocessualism Part I(386-444)
Johnson: The "New Archaeology"
|Wednesday Feb 11||
Johnson: Archaeology as a Science
|WEEK 7 The Logic of Culture|
|Monday Feb 16||
Trigger: Ch 8 Processualism
and Postprocessualism Part II(444-483)
|Wednesday Feb 18||Johnson: Archaeology
Gero and Conkey: Has Feminism Changed Archaeology
|WEEK 8 Archaeology As Anthropology, or Else...|
|Monday Feb 23||
Johnson: Archaeology and Evolution
|Wednesday Feb 25||Trigger: Ch
9 Pragmatic Synthesis (484-528)
Johnson: Archaeology in a Postmodern World
|WEEK 9 Emergence of Modern Views|
|Monday Mar 2||Flex time|
|Wednesday Mar 4||Rough Draft Due (submit electronic
version by 9 am today)
Peer review session
|WEEK 10 Conclusions|
|Monday Mar 9||Plenary
Trigger: Ch 10 The Relevance of Archaeology (529-548)
Johnson: Conclusion: Conflict and Consensus
|Wednesday Mar 11||Presentations; Final Draft Due by 5 PM today|
|Friday Mar 20||1000-1150 More Presentations. Please be on time!|