Excavating America: Historical Archaeology of the Modern World|
Fall 2010 not offered
This course deals with historical archaeology of the modern world--the growth of capitalism, the spread of European colonization, and, later, industrialization. In this class, students will learn to interpret a wide range of information as used by historical archaeologists: artifacts and features buried beneath the ground, standing buildings and ruins, and historical information including maps and oral histories that can be intertwined with archaeological data.
Material we will cover in this class relates to archaeological contexts in the Americas, from early colonialism and settlement of plantations, through to contemporary material culture studies and issues of heritage and representation within the United States. Sites will include those relating Spanish settlement in California and the Caribbean; Native sites that intersected with periods of settler colonialism; British plantations in the Chesapeake; domestic sites of enslaved Africans and free black communities; industrializing cities, including NYC and Lowell, MA; mining sites in the American West; overseas Chinese communities in California; sites of institutional confinement; and sites relating to known brothels in 19th-century cities. Our study of these sites will focus on social interpretations of ethnic, racialized, gender, sexual, and class identities.
Students will also conduct a short material-culture-analysis project utilizing material from Middletown archaeological collections.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ARCP)(SISP-Anth Conc)
Johnson, AN ARCHAEOLOGY OF CAPITALISM
Casella, THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF INSTITUTIONAL CONFINEMENT
Orser, THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF RACE AND RACIALIZATION IN HISTORICAL AMERICA
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Lab exercise, two short assignments and an exam.
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