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This archived information is dated to the 2008-09 academic year only and may no longer be current.

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Graduate courses in Archaeology

Primarily for graduate students; undergraduates may enroll with consent of instructor.

ARCHLGY 301B. Past Human Environments

(Same as ANTHRO 103A, ANTHRO 203A, ARCHLGY 101B.) Perspectives, methods, and data that archaeology brings to human/environment interaction issues such as environmental variability and change, sustainability, and human impacts. How to use paleoenvironmental data in archaeological research; how to recover and analyze such data to reconstruct human/environment interactions in prehistory.

3-5 units, Spr (Contreras, D)

ARCHLGY 303C. Visualizing Archaeological Knowledge In the Information Age

(Same as ARCHLGY 103C.) (Graduate students register for 303C.) Why should archaeologists be concerned with new media? The emergence of new media in the popular and technical realms; why archaeology has begun to use new media and how it can benefit; how representing and distributing archaeological information is being changed, and epistemological and ethical implications. Hands-on application of new media to an archaeological project using blogs, wikis, and 3-D immersive environments.

3-5 units, not given this year

ARCHLGY 304C. The Archaeology of Ancient China

(Same as ARCHLGY 104C.) Early China from the perspective of material remains unearthed from archaeological sites; the development of Chinese culture from early hominid occupation nearly 2 million years ago through the development of agriculture in the Neolithic period and complex society in the Bronze Age to the political unification of China under the Qin Dynasty. Continuity of Chinese culture from past to present, history of Chinese archaeology, relationships between archaeology and politics, and food in early China.

5 units, not given this year

ARCHLGY 305A. Cultural Property and Global Heritage

(Same as ARCHLGY 105A.) The historical, commercial, and intellectual contexts of the collection and misappropriation of cultural artifacts from the 18th century to the present; implications and what they reveal about human engagement with the material past. Emphasis is on contemporary legal and ethical issues of trade and repatriation.

3-5 units, Spr (Brodie, N)

ARCHLGY 306A. Museums and Collections

(Same as ARCHLGY 106A.) Global organization of museums; their history and roles in society. Social issues involved in the management of collections, and their public role. The role of the curator in contemporary society.

3-5 units, Spr (Newble, L)

ARCHLGY 309. Archaeogenetics

(Same as ARCHLGY 109.) The application of human genetic studies to the interpretation of archaeological data. Focus is on the transition to the Neolithic; attention to more recent case studies pertinent to historic anthropology. Topics include: the social construction of race and ethnicity; colonialist abuses of genetic theories and data; the Neolithic transition to agropastoralism in the Near East, Europe, and N.E. Africa; Greek and Phoenician colonies in the Mediterranean; the Bantu expansion; the Atlantic slave trade and the African diaspora; expansion of agriculture in E. Asia, and the peopling of Oceania and the Americas.

4-5 units, Aut (King, R)

ARCHLGY 310. Magic, Science, and Religion: Archaeological Perspectives

(Same as ANTHRO 116A, ANTHRO 216A, ARCHLGY 110.) How human beings make sense of their worlds. The naturalness of ideas, human relations to the natural and supernatural, and dichotomies of West and other, sacred and secular, and faith and skepticism. The material-historical constitution of different of modes of thought. Sources include classic and contemporary theoretical readings in archaeology, anthropology and science studies. Archaeological and ethnographic case studies from different world regions and historical periods.

4-5 units, Aut (Aldrich, C)

ARCHLGY 312. The Archaeology of Early Islam

(Same as ARCHLGY 112.) The material culture of the beginnings of Islam, including the Umayyads in the Levant, the Abbasids in Iraq, and the further provinces of the Caliphate. The transition from Byzantium to Islam and the mechanisms of cultural adaptation. The economic and cultural globalization of the 8th and 9th centuries.

3-5 units, Spr (Staff)

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