Courses

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 will familiarize students with our closest living relatives, the primates. Topics include taxonomy, diets & dietary adaptations, ranging behavior, cooperation & competition, community ecology, and conservation.
This course explores the theories underlying forensic anthropology and how they are put into practice. Topics include a history of the discipline; professional responsibilities in the autopsy suite and courtroom; taphonomy and the estimation of time since death; techniques and contexts for positive identification; and depictions of forensic anthropologists in popular culture. Examination of case studies at local, national, and international scales.
An examination of developmental and evolutionary aspects of human reproductive biology and behavior from fetal through adult stages. Sexual selection and life history perspectives on fetal sex differentiation, gender identity, sex role development, puberty and secondary sexual characteristics, and mate choice.

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.

Introduction to the history, methods, and issues of the field of historical archaeology. Extensive readings provide examples of archaeology from post-1300s contexts in North America, Africa, Australia, and Latin America. Topics covered range from archaeological approaches to ethnic, gender and class diversity to the study of large-scale processes of colonialism, industrialism and global expansion. Broader issues discussed include the relationships between history and anthropology, the cross-cultural impact of European expansion, and the development of contemporary industrial societies.
An exploration of the archaeology and history the ancient Near East, from the earliest human settlements through the Persian empire (ca. 10,500-332 BCE). Societies described in the Hebrew Bible are emphasized, with topics ranging from the rise of the state and international trade, to the identities and everyday lives of men, women, and children. The history and socio-political impacts of "Biblical Archaeology" are also examined.
A global survey of the human past from the earliest evidence of tool use to the emergence of stratified urban societies. Emphasis is on the complex diversity of past lifeways, including the reconstruction of human social and material life, the development of different social systems, and connections between societies and their physical environment. Limited discussion of relevant archaeological methods of reconstruction and analysis.
Topics vary with each offering; may be repeated for credit with permission of chair. Possible topics might include: environmental adaptation in foraging groups, Holocene transition studies, early food production, emergent cultural complexity, technological innovation and change, regional studies, materials analysis, and geoarchaeology.
This course is a broad survey of the regions, periods, and issues relevant to the study of the North American archaeological record. Topics range from the human settlement of the hemisphere, and the many diverse cultural histories of the continent, through the development of key cultural components such as trade and exchange networks, food production systems, and urban societies, to the increasing impact of cultural resource legislation and the views and interests of modern indigenous populations on contemporary archaeological practice.

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