• Description

  • ANCIENT NORTH AMERICA

    Fall Quarter 2019, TF 10:00-11:50, Sturm Hall 154

    Professor Dean Saitta

    Department of Anthropology

    This course examines the history of American Indian cultures from their earliest archaeological traces on this continent up to and including contact with European explorers and colonists.  It uses the archaeology of North America as a means to illustrate the richness and diversity of Native American lifeways, as well as a forum for examining broad issues of human cultural dynamics and change.

    Among the topics we will consider are controversies around the first peopling of the continent, the origins and consequences of agriculture, the development of political ranking and large scale religious movements, the nature of human violence and warfare, the consequences of European contact for First Nations peoples, and the “hidden history” of those who have been left out of mainstream accounts of America’s modernization (e.g., plantation slaves; immigrant working classes).  We will reflect upon what this knowledge of the past tells us about the human condition and humankind's ability to solve environmental and social problems.  We will also consider contemporary issues in the relationship between Native Americans and professional archaeologists, and what we can learn from the archaeology of the very recent past.

  • Assignments

  • Assignment #1

  • Assignment # 2

  • Assignment #3

  • Final Essay Assignment

  • Handouts

  • North American Culture Areas

  • North American Tribal Territories

  • Final Summary Outline

  • Slide Shows

  • Week 2: WPA Archaeology

  • Week 2: First Americans, Part 1

  • Week 2: First Americans, Part 2

  • Week 2: Clovis Culture

  • Week 3: Early Americans, Part 1

  • Week 3: Early Americans, Part 2 

  • Week 3: Archaic Travelogue, Part 1

  • Week 3: Archaic Travelogue, Part 2

  • Week 4: Poverty Point

  • Week 5: Hopewell

  • Week 5: Cahokia, Part 1

  • Week 5: Cahokia, Part 2

  • Week 6: Post Cahokia

  • Week 6: Chaco Canyon Introduction

  • Week 7: Chaco Supplemental

  • Week 7: Post-Chaco at Sand Canyon Pueblo

  • Week 7: Post-Chaco in Togeye Canyon (Zuniland), Part 1

  • Week 7: Post-Chaco in Togeye Canyon, Part 2

  • Week 8: Violence and Cannibalism

  • Week 9: Archaeology of Subjugated People, Part 1

  • Week 9: Archaeology of Subjugated People, Part 2

  • Week 9: Archaeology of Subjugated People, Part 3

  • Week 9: Sand Creek, Part 1

  • Week 9: SandCreek, Part 2

  • Course Syllabus

  • Syllabus, Fall 2019

  • Required Readings

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