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Cornell University    
 
    
 
  Nov 21, 2017
 
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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ANTHR 2235 - Archaeology of North American Indians

(crosslisted) AIIS 2350 , AMST 2350 , ARKEO 2235  
(GHB) (HA-AS)      
Fall. 3 credits. Student option grading.

K. Jordan.

This introductory course surveys archaeology’s contributions to the study of American Indian cultural diversity and change in North America north of Mexico. Lectures and readings will examine topics ranging from the debate over when the continent was first inhabited to present-day conflicts between Native Americans and archaeologists over excavation and the interpretation of the past. We will review important archaeological sites such as Chaco Canyon, Cahokia, Lamoka Lake, and the Little Bighorn battlefield. A principal focus will be on major transformations in lifeways such as the adoption of agriculture, the development of political-economic hierarchies, and the disruptions that accompanied the arrival of Europeans to the continent.



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