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Special Topics in Anthropology (Fall 2019)

Topic: Approaching Archaeological Landscapes - Landscapes have always been important to archaeologists. We study ancient settlements, subsistence practices, past climates, trade networks, political relationships, and myriad other topics at local, regional, and continental scales. But how do we investigate past landscapes, and while we’re at it, what does “landscape” even mean? You are no doubt familiar with archaeological sites and settlements, but what about the spaces between these important places? This course addresses these questions by exploring the ways that archaeologists approach landscapes. Through readings, case studies, and active learning activities we will examine both the methods and theories that archaeologists have used to understand human relationships with their land through time. This class will also introduce students to innovative and established tools of archaeological landscape analysis, including Geographical Information Systems (GIS), LiDAR, and satellite remote sensing.


Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): III Term(s): Fall Offered?: Yes Language?: No