ANTHR 4020

ANTHR 4020

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2023-2024.

This course examines the discursive relationship between science and archaeology, including the painful legacy of racialized pseudo-sciences—something that has recently been reinvigorated by new methodologies like aDNA. We will focus on research design, exploring how new scientific methods have offered both the "smoking gun" necessary to resolve thorny, decades-old archaeological questions as well as the "smoke and mirrors" wherein myopia and poorly-suited analytical techniques have provided a veneer of respectability to dubious studies. Consequently, major themes of the course will include reproducibility, error, the importance of publishing inconclusive data, and methods selection for testing archaeological hypotheses. Upon completing the course, students will have developed a strong theoretical and methodological literacy for science applications in archaeology.

When Offered Spring.

Distribution Category (HA-AS, HST-AS, SSC-AS)

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ANTHR 7020ARKEO 4025ARKEO 7025

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 19016 ANTHR 4020   SEM 101

    • TR Uris Hall G20
    • Jan 22 - May 7, 2024
    • Damm, J

  • Instruction Mode: In Person