Department of Anthropology

Alexander Menaker

MA, University of Chicago



Historical Archaeology throughout the Peruvian Andes, Spanish colonialism, anthropology of religious encounters, Andean ethnography and archaeology, identity, political subject formation


MA, University of Chicago; PhD student, University of Texas-Austin


ANT F304 • Intro Archaeol Stds: Prehist

79810 • Summer 2018
Meets MTWTHF 11:30AM-1:00PM SAC 5.172

An introduction to archaeology as a discipline.  Three major themes that deal with issues of the past will be covered:


1.  A brief history of the discipline, changing theories about various aspects of the past, and the role that the reconstructions of the past play in national and/or group identities.


2.  A survey of the development of human culture from its beginnings to the rise of civilizations in most areas of the world.  Cultures, archaeological sites, and areas of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Pacific will be covered.


3.  Archaeological methods of recovery of information about the past.  Scientific procedures involved in excavation, dating, and preservation of the material record. 

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