Historic and Military Archaeology
All archaeology shares the premise that the material culture of a society is systematically related to human behavior and the norms of the larger cultural system. Not all archaeological data must come from the ground, however. Historic and Military Archaeology studies the material culture of literate societies and interprets the “artifacts” of those societies within the larger context of what we know of them historically. This course is designed as an introduction to historical archaeology, with an emphasis on the archaeology of military sites. Special attention will be given to the archaeological and historical records associated with 18th and 19th century military battlefields, fortifications, encampments, prisons, and their impact to the larger cultural landscape. Prerequisite: ANT 100, 200 or 210.