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| Posted 30-09-2012 at 15:25  |
This looks interesting and fun!
Archaeology's Dirty Little Secrets
Susan E. Alcock
Admit it — you wanted to be an archaeologist when you grew up... This course builds on that enthusiasm, while radically expanding your notions about just what archaeology is and just what archaeologists do.
Next session: June 2013 (8 weeks long)
Workload: 4-6 hours/week
Humanities and Social Sciences
About the Course
In this class, we will ask and answer a series of questions about the role and practice of archaeology in the world today. If archaeologists are trained to investigate the past, what is left for us to study? Who gets to be an archaeologist? How and why do archaeologists hunt for “treasures”, and what do we do once we’ve discovered them? Who pays for archaeological work? When did archaeology begin? What can we know, and not know, about people in the past? What do archaeologists know about the past that most people would never guess – and why aren’t we telling you? What is an archaeologist’s greatest fear? Why are people entirely willing to murder each other over the fate of archaeological sites? Are Real Men alone capable of discovering the truth behind all this?
Archaeology famously involves getting dirty in the line of duty. Students will experience its hands-on nature, through the use of numerous exercises and archaeological case studies. But there are other ‘dirty little secrets’ to learn about the field: not least how the stories archaeologists tell about the past have been used and abused, for purposes both good and bad. Our goal by the end of the course is to have you ‘thinking like an archaeologist’ and fully aware of the often-fraught politics of doing archaeology around the globe.
About the Instructor(s)
Sue Alcock is Joukowsky Family Professor of Archaeology and Director of the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University. A graduate of Yale University and the University of Cambridge, she is a classical archaeologist with interests in the Mediterranean and Near Eastern worlds, particularly in Roman times. She has been involved with fieldwork in Greece and Armenia, but is at present co-directing the Brown University Petra Archaeological Project (BUPAP), exploring the urban site and rural hinterland of Petra, a New Wonder of the World, in southern Jordan. She has received numerous awards for her teaching and scholarship, and was a 2001 recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Week One: How can you get hurt doing archaeology?
Week Two: Is there really anything left to find? (Yes, but…)
Week Three: So how do you find things? Archaeology ≠ just digging
Week Four: How do you get a date? (and why you need them)
Week Five: Digging people: Archaeology as CSI?
Week Six: Telling stories: a few case studies
Week Seven: Where does archaeology happen? Who can play?
Week Eight: Who owns the past?
Absolutely no prerequisites. Just be curious.
There will be no required reading for the course, unless it is available on line without charge. But if you want something that will take you further, I recommend Colin Renfrew and Paul Bahn, Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice (6th edition, Thames & Hudson 2012). All you might want to know and then some. If you want something a little more introductory and streamlined, the same authors have produced Archaeology Essential: Theories, Methods and Practice (Thames & Hudson 2011).
Will I get a certificate after completing this class?
Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a certificate signed by the instructor.
What resources will I need for this class?
Computer, internet connection and a willingness to do some odd things.
What is the coolest thing I'll learn if I take this class?
You will never look at the ground in the same way again.
[ This message was edited by: Andy B on 2012-09-30 22:57 ]
| Posted 30-09-2012 at 21:09  |
Very interesting just signed up...........thank for putting this link up
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