This course focuses on human health and disease in the past, from hominin ancestors to the mid-20th century. The primary lens for this inquiry is bioarchaeology, the study of human remains from archaeological and historical settings. Evidence for health and disease processes in the past can be derived from human remains, material culture, ethnography, epidemiology, written texts, and iconography. This course integrates bioarchaeological approaches with those from medical anthropology, public health, and history. It also emphasizes themes of structural violence, social justice, and modern relevance. The goal is to understand how human health and disease are shaped by intertwined cultural traditions, social organization, and biological traits, both in the past and the present.
This course focuses on the interface between cultures and regions. It emphasizes how we identify, examine, and interpret them archaeologically. The objective is to provide an overview of migration, exchange, conflict, innovation, and other patterns of human interaction throughout the world, and over the long course of time.