New Courses - Spring 2022

ANTH 221 - Archaeology of South Asia

CRN: 73121 | 12:00PM - 12:50PM MWF | Instructor: Riggs, E

Explores the archaeology of South Asia from the earliest occupations of the subcontinent to the present. South Asia is home to one of the first urbanized societies, over 40 World Heritage sites, and some of the 21st centuries largest megacities. We will critically examine how these diverse archaeological resources have been investigated by different communities through time and how this has informed modern understandings of cultural, national, religious, regional and gender identities.


ANTH 399 - Archeology of food

CRN: 12209 | 09:30AM - 10:50AM TR | Instructor: Bishop, K

This class explores the methods of analysis and the types of material culture and data that archaeologists use to examine diet, foodways, and cuisine in past societies. Using archaeological case studies from both the Old and New World, topics covered include transitions to agriculture, animal domestication, feasting and ritual foodways, and food and inequality, among others.


ANTH 399 - Industrial Heritage & Communities


CRN: 12206 | 01:00PM - 02:20PM MW | Instructor: Silverman, H


ANTH 399 examines the legacy of the Industrial Revolution in the United Kingdom and the United States where former industrial sites (such as textile mills, coal mines, chocolate factories) have been transformed from abandoned and unproductive blights on the landscape into major tourist attractions, economic regeneration machines for their communities, and even UNESCO World Heritage Sites or at least national icons. The course studies these industrial places in the context of the times in which they were operating, including contemporary social critiques about mistreatment of the working class. We look at the process by which their decay into ruins stimulated the birth of industrial archaeology and, ultimately, their "heritagization". We learn about the dastardly capitalists whose abuses inspired Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto, and about the charitable capitalists who built model villages for their employees, the imprint of which is still visible in modern communities. We learn about bloody labor battles in both countries and the rise of charismatic unionists such as the extraordinary Mother Jones. In lieu of exams the course requires a book review (The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell, or available for purchase online for $10), discussion posts on Moodle, and an independent course-based project in which you either assess an industrial heritage site or propose to create one. Most lectures are accompanied by powerpoints and video clips. A few films are shown.


ANTH 449 - North American Archaeology


CRN: 43602 | 08:00AM - 09:20AM TR | Instructor: Ritchison, B

Methods, techniques, and results of archaeology in North America; focuses on divergent approaches to the regional archaeology of North America; and surveys and synthesizes the archaeology of the subcontinent. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: ANTH 220 or consent of instructor.