ARCH07052 2019 Anthropological Approaches to Archaeology
In many parts of the world, archaeology is considered a sub discipline of anthropology. This module will provide students with an introduction to cultural anthropology and anthropological approaches to archaeology, including middle range theory, neo-evolutionary theory, ethnoarchaeology and ethnohistory.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Explain the relationship between Anthropology and Archaeology
Communicate the main tenets of Cultural Anthropology
Evaluate the application and efficacy of Middle Range Theory
Appraise the impact of Enthoarchaeology and Ethnohistory on archaeology
Initiate the application of anthropological theory to archaeological problems
Communicate and evaluate the differences between inductive and deductive reasoning
Teaching and Learning Strategies
The module will be run as a seminar with weekly readings, presentations and discussions.
Module Assessment Strategies
The assessments are based on developing the skills of critical thinking, critical reading and critical writing. The student will be expected to take part in discussions based upon assigned readings and each student will do one presentation on an assigned reading and one ethnoarchaeological case study. The final essay will focus on a critical assessment of anthropological approaches in archaeology.
This module will cover both core anthropological concepts and a more detailed examination of ethnorarchaeological approaches. Topics to be discussed will include: Culture and Ethnocentrism, Social Organisation and Economy, Kinship and Gender, Belief, Religion and Ideology, Neo-evolution and Middle Range Theory, Ethnoarchaeology, Ethnoarchaeological Case Studies, Ethnohistory and Linguistics.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Continuous Assessment Presentations||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||30 %||OnGoing||1,2,3,4,5,6|
|2||Continuous Assessment Participation in Discussions||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||30 %||OnGoing||1,2,3,4,5,6|
|3||Essay Essay 2500 words||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||40 %||End of Term||1,2,3,4,5,6|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Problem Based Learning||Flat Classroom||Lectures and seminars||2.5||Weekly||2.50|
|Independent Learning||UNKNOWN||Self Study||4.5||Weekly||4.50|
The Yanomamo by Napolean Chagnon
Anthropology: The Exploration of Human Diversity 11th ed by Conrad Kottak
Additional readings in anthropological archaeology and ehtnoarchaeology will vary from year to year.