Principles of Archaeology
What is archaeology? Why does the past matter? How do we experience the past today? This course will examine the presence of the past in the present through archaeological remains. Using a variety of case studies we will learn about various techniques used by archaeologists to understand "what is left” from the past and "how old” it is. We will study how the archaeological evidence contributes to our understanding of ancient societies’ organization and get insights into the lives of people that are less likely to figure in grand historical narratives often based on ancient texts. We will also address important questions for the discipline: What is the role of "things" in collective memories? Why is archaeology so important for modern national identities? What are the ethical issues involved in collecting archaeological artifacts, museum display and the excavation of human remains? How are virtual reality and the Internet changing the way we do archaeology and learn about it? What is public (or community) archaeology? Can a critical archaeology be a tool to write alternative histories about gender, slavery and troubled recent pasts around the world?
Alicia Jiménez, email@example.com