ANT380H5S Special Topics in Biological Anthropology and Archaeology (SCI)
This course is offered in the Winter 2022 "S" term.
Topic Title: African Diasporic Archaeology
Instructors: Lisa Small and Michael Brand
Course description: This course introduces students to the archaeology of the African diaspora, the study of the dispersal of African peoples to other parts of the world, with a focus on North America and the Caribbean. The objectives of this course are to provide students with:
- an understanding of the historical contexts for the African diaspora,
- knowledge of the theoretical perspectives used to understand the lives and contributions of displaced African peoples,
- the methods employed by archaeologists to identify and analyze archaeological materials related to the life and experiences of African diasporic peoples, and
- an understanding of the role and legacies of colonialism in the discipline of archaeology today.
Topics covered in lectures include:
- Black Studies,
- Critical Race Theory,
- decolonizing archaeology,
- racialization of the archaeological record,
- landscape archaeology,
- spatial analysis of Black settlements,
- material culture,
- archaeological heritage, and
- alternative archaeologies.
Prerequisites: ANT200H5 and ANT201H5 or (permission of the department).