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Department of Anthropology

GLD: Research

Spring 2020

ANTH 223.001 / Modernity, Archaeology, & the Recent Past

Professor: Terrance Weik

(3 credits)

 Fulfills 3 hrs of the Archaeological Requirement for the Anthropology Major and

GLD: Research 

NOTE: This was Anth 345: Historical Archaeology and cannot be taken twice,
except for Grade Forgiveness

Course Readings:

Please go to the USC Bookstore to find what books you will need for this course:

https://sc.bncollege.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/TBWizardView?catalogId=10001&langId=-1&storeId=10052 

Other readings are on Blackboard. 

Course Description:

Historical archaeology is a field that examines the modern and contemporary past, with emphasis on material culture and archival evidence. This course explores text-aided, interdisciplinary, comparative, archaeological research.  Students investigate anthropological perspectives on topics such as colonialism, slavery, landscapes, inequality, technology, racism, capitalism, gender, and world heritage.  

Learning Objectives 

By the end of the semester students will be able to do the following:

1)  Differentiate historical archaeology & other disciplinary approaches to the past.

2)  Apply archaeological research methods.   

3)  Understand anthropological, interdisciplinary, and comparative studies.   

4)  Explain core ideas and concepts that shape archaeological theories.

5)  Identify historical places that constitute our national and global heritage.

6)  Identify ancient artifacts and the ways they are made and used


 ANTH 322.001 / Field School in Archaeology

Professor: Andrew White

(3 credits)

Fulfills the Archaeological Requirement for the Anthropology Major or DURT and

GLD: Global Learning or Research 

Course Readings:

No textbook required 

Course Description:

This one-day-a-week archaeological field school will give you hands-on experience in basic excavation methods and techniques, including:

  • grid systems and mapping;
  • controlled hand excavation;
  • documentation of cultural features;
  • description of sediments;
  • record keeping and photography;
  • strategy, logistics, and teamwork

We will be working at a site along the Broad River that was used by prehistoric peoples over the course of at least 5000 years.  Previous work at the site revealed the presence of a series of prehistoric occupations buried within a natural sand levee. Our work at the site this semester will be focused on: (1) using careful hand excavation to collect detailed information about identified Late Archaic age (ca. 3500-1000 BC) deposits at the site; and (2) investigating deeply buried deposits that may date to the Early Archaic period (ca. 9000-7000 BC). 

We will depart from campus each Friday at 8:00 and return by 4:00 (transportation provided). Students will bring their own lunch. There are no formal bathroom facilities on site. Each student will be required to have a small set of personal field gear (e.g., small toolbox, gloves, mason’s trowel, 5m metric tape measure, notebook, etc.). Other tools and field equipment will be provided.


 ANTH 550.001 / Archaeological Lab Methods

 Professor: Gail Wagner

(3 credits)

Fulfills the Archaeological Requirement for the Anthropology Major and GLD: Research

OR

Can be used as the Lab Requirement for the DURT Track

OR

Fulfills the 500-level(s) requirement(s) for the Major or for DURT

Course Readings:

Please go to the USC Bookstore to find what books you will need for this course:

https://sc.bncollege.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/TBWizardView?catalogId=10001&langId=-1&storeId=10052

Course Description:

This practical course emphasizes hands-on identification of the common kinds of artifacts recovered from pre-Colonial archaeological sites and provides the basic knowledge needed to begin working in an archaeological laboratory. Topics covered include tabulation, replicability, curation, use of equipment, data presentation, and overview of literature. Emphasis is placed on ceramic and lithic basics, with an introduction to botanical and faunal basics.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of ANTH 550, students will be able to:

  1. Identify raw material classes of common archaeological artifacts (i.e., tabulate an artifact assemblage);
  2. Be able to distinguish human-made artifacts from natural objects;
  3. List and describe common basic analytical techniques for ceramic and lithic artifacts;
  4. Identify well-known analysts and link them with their body of work;
  5. Describe and follow federal standards for curation of artifacts;
  6. Comprehend major archaeological reports on recovered artifacts.

Evaluation:

Grades are based on weekly hands-on exercises; quizzes; and tests that include both written and practicum components. 

Course Presentation:

Lecture and class discussions occupy approximately one-quarter of the class time, and hands-on experience with artifacts three-quarters of the class time. We will be working with artifacts recovered from sites in central South Carolina. 

Audience: Students who wish to pursue a job in archaeology and who have already taken ANTH 319 Principles of Archaeology. Prior knowledge of the basic vocabulary of archaeology is assumed. This fast-paced, hands-on course requires extra student time in the archaeological laboratory during weekdays to complete exercises and study for quizzes and tests.


 ANTH 552.001 / Medical Anthropology

Professor: David Simmons

(3 credits)

Fulfills the Cultural Requirement for the Anthropology Major and GLD: Research

OR

Fulfills the 500-level(s) requirement(s) for the Major or for DURT and GLD: Research

Cross-listed with HPEB 552.001 

Meets with HPEB 552.H01 and ANTH 552.H01 – Honors College Only for the H01 Sections

Course Readings:

Please go to the USC Bookstore to find what books you will need for this course:

https://sc.bncollege.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/TBWizardView?catalogId=10001&langId=-1&storeId=10052 

Course Description:

This course introduces the field of medical anthropology, which is the study of human health, disease and healing from a cross-cultural perspective. The political economy of health as a result of modernization is a central focus. Topics covered include cross-cultural understandings of illness and healing, the social/cultural context of health and health interventions, and the impacts of emerging and re-emerging diseases such as AIDS, Ebola, and Tuberculosis on world health. The underlying theme of the course is the use of anthropological concepts and methods in domestic and international public health contexts.


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