Excavating America: Historical Archaeology of the Modern World|
Spring 2011 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.
This class will focus on the interpretation of material remains.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ARCP)(SISP-Anth Conc)
Orser, RACE AND THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF IDENTITY
Delle, Mrozowski and Paynter, LINES THAT DIVIDE: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGIES OF RACE, CLASS, AND GENDER
Casella, THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF INSTITUTIONAL CONFINEMENT
Other readings will include articles and chapters including those by Beaudry, Voss, Dawdy, Singleton, Deetz, Silliman, and Deagan
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Pop quizzes, midterm exam, final exam, and a material culture lab project.
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