Archaeology of Death|
Fall 2018 not offered
The material culture and biological remains associated with death represent a major component of the archaeological record. Funerary assemblages can provide information about, for example, ritual practices, beliefs, social organization, the division of labor, diet, and health. Tombs and monuments are important elements of sacred landscapes. The course will examine how archaeologists and biological anthropologists investigate and analyze mortuary facilities, grave goods, skeletal remains, and sacred landscapes to make inferences about the past.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)(ARCP-MN)(ARCP)
all required readings (selected articles and chapters) will be available on Moodle and will likely include:
Binford, "Mortuary practices"
Darling, "Mass inhumation and the execution of witches in the American Southwest"
Fernandez-Jalvo et al., "Human cannibalism in the early Pleistocene of Europe"
Hertz, "A contribution to the study of the collective representation of death"
Hodder, "Burials, houses, women and men in the European Neolithic"
Holliman, "Warfare and gender in the northern Plains"
Metcalf and Huntington, "American deathways"
Parker Pearson, "Learning from the dead"
Van Gennep, "Funerals"
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two essays and a final research paper, including a class presentation.