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Cornell University    
 
    
 
  Nov 22, 2017
 
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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ANTHR 3245 - [Across the Seas: Contacts between the Americas and the Old World Before Columbus]

(crosslisted) ARKEO 3245  
(GHB) (HA-AS)      
Fall. Next offered 2019-2020. 4 credits. Student option grading.

Co-meets with ANTHR 6245 /ARKEO 6245 .

J. Henderson.

This course considers the possibility of connections between the America and the Old World before the Spanish “discovery” not only as an empirical question, but also as an intensely controversial issue that has tested the limits of the scholarly detachment that archaeologists imagine characterizes their perspectives. We will consider the evidence for several possible episodes of interaction as well as the broader issue of how long-distance interaction can be recognized in the archaeological record.  Transoceanic contact is a common element in popular visions of the American past, but most professional archaeologists have rejected the possibility with great vehemence.  The issue provides an interesting case study in the power of orthodoxy in archaeology.



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