Archaeology's Dirty Little Secrets

开始时间: 04/22/2022 持续时间: Unknown

所在平台: CourseraArchive

课程类别: 人文

大学或机构: Brown University(布朗大学)

授课老师: Sue Alcock


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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?  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?  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.    


Unit One:  Just what are these secrets anyway?

Unit Two:  What has survived for us to find?  And what have we lost?

Unit Three:  So how do you find things?  Archaeology ≠ just digging

Unit Four:  How do you get a date? (And why are dates so important?)

Unit Five:  What do you do with what you find?

Unit Six:  What is involved in the archaeology of people?

Unit Seven:  Where does archaeology happen?   Who can play?

Unit Eight:  Who owns the past?



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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.


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