ANTH 259. EARLY COMPLEX SOCIETIES
Casey Barrier, M/W 1:10-2:30, DAL
We will explore the ways that human groups created complex societies and the archaeological evidence for the development of complexity in the past, including villages and early cities, the institutionalization of social and political-economic inequalities, and the rise of states and empires. We will compare and contrast the evolutionary trajectories of complex societies in different world regions. Case studies will emphasize the pre-Columbian histories of complex societies in the Americas and the Old World. Prerequisite: ANTH 101 or instructor permission.
ANTH 305. ARCHAEOLOGY of the PRECOLUMBIAN SOUTHEASTERN U.S.
Casey Barrier, F 1:10-3:30, DAL
The history of Native American occupation of the southeastern United States is one that is long, rich, and varied. This rich history stretches back to the earliest colonization of the region during the late Pleistocene period more than 12,000 years ago, and continues on today. The course will serve two main purposes. First, students will gain knowledge of the culture history and archaeology of the pre-Columbian Southeast. Second, students will be exposed to problem-oriented research in anthropological archaeology. Each semester the course will examine recent archaeological studies from the region that are situated within the broad scope of current anthropological inquiry. Potential topics might include the archaeology of hunter-gatherer social complexity, the development of towns and proto-urban settlements, gender and identity, ideology and religion, culture-contact, and early Native-European relations. Prerequisite: ANTH B101, or permission of the instructor.