Department of Anthropology

Mary Elizabeth "Liz" Ibarrola

Assistant ProfessorPh.D., University of Florida

Mary Elizabeth



ANT 324L • Archaeology Field Lab Methods

31918 • Spring 2022
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM WCP 4.174

This course is an introduction to field and laboratory work in archaeology including survey, excavation, artifact processing and cataloging, and initial artifact/sample analysis. The class combines practical experience with theoretical foundations, grounding field and laboratory research in a deep understanding of the legislative and cultural contexts which archaeologists navigate. This course will require students to engage with literature and debate on key issues in archaeological field practice, data recording and analysis. They will be expected to develop their own case study project and the final take-home exam is designed to reflect an understanding of the entire research process in archaeology.

ANT 324L • Historical Archaeology

31922 • Spring 2022
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM WCP 4.174

Historical archaeology is, most simply, the archaeology of historical periods. While for some this means the study of ancient literate societies, for others it is the archaeology of the modern world. Practically, it is the methodological integration of material, documentary, and oral evidence. This course explores recent theoretical, methodological, and thematic developments in historical archaeology worldwide, but with particular focus in North America and the Caribbean. We will examine how historical archaeologists interpret the past, and the contributions which have been made by historical archaeologists to the study of race and ethnicity, class, gender, colonialism, and capitalism. Students will develop critical analysis skills by practicing the evaluation and integration of archaeological, historical, and ethnographic sources through weekly readings, class discussion, and independent analysis projects. 

ANT 380K • Race/Racism/Anti-Racism Ant

32549 • Fall 2021
Meets F 9:00AM-12:00PM WCP 5.118

This course examines race from the perspective of anthropology with particular attention to the influence of anthropology and anthropologists in the historical construction of popular concepts of race as well as efforts to “un-do” or deconstruct those same concepts. In this course we will consider patterns of human biological variation examined by anthropologists and how these patterns compare to conventional ideas about race; trace the origins of the race concept and explore the links between race and science more broadly; reflect on the work and legacies of central figures within anthropology and the realities and myths of their contributions to the field. A focus will be given to the history and contemporary practice of anthropology in larger contexts of colonialism and imperialism, and the epistemological consequences of that history and practice, considering issues of descent and identity, violence, performance, gender and intersectionality, and whiteness. The course additionally aims to address issues of ethics and professionalism in the field through practical assignments.

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