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Archaeology

Course Listing

Please visit the Academic Timetable to see which courses are presently being offered, as not all courses listed below run every term. For specific details about program requirements and degree regulations, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

First Year Courses
Course CodeDescriptionCross Listed With
ANTH-1001H General Anthropology Anthropology is the study of humankind and anything to do with humans across time and space. This course surveys anthropology as a whole, emphasizing how biological, archaeological, linguistic, and cultural anthropology's topics, methods, and findings combine to create a holistic understanding of humanity's origins, prehistory, languages, and ways of life. Excludes ANTH 1000Y, 1020H. Offered only at Trent University Durham.
ANTH-1002H Applied Anthropology This course surveys uses of anthropology to solve problems and achieve goals in business, sustainability, technology, development, health, education, forensics, politics, and careers. It explores ways anthropological research can improve the effectiveness of anything people set out to achieve, since humans are always part of the process. Offered only at Trent University Durham.
ANTH-1010H Biological Anthropology & Archaeology An introduction to the aspects of biological anthropology and anthropological archaeology. Topics covered include human evolution, the biology of peoples past and present, archaeological method, the development of culture, the domestication of plants and animals, and the rise of civilization and the state. Excludes ANTH 1000Y, 1001H, 1002H.
ANTH-1020H Intro to Sociocultural Anthropology Covers topics such as the idea of culture and its role in shaping the way we see the world; the relationship between society and culture; and the role fieldwork plays in cultural anthropology. Students read classic and/or contemporary ethnographies. Excludes ANTH 1000Y, 1001H, 1002H.
ANTH-1030H Case Studies in Classical Archaeology Explores the origin, development, challenges, and lessons of archaeological practice in the Classical world, with a focus on specific, illustrative case studies drawn from the history of the discipline. Excludes AHCL 1001H. AHCL-1030H
Second Year Courses
Course CodeDescriptionCross Listed With
ANTH-2001H Cultural Anthropology An introduction to the history, theory, methods, and findings of cultural anthropology, the ethnographic study of contemporary peoples' ways of living and thinking. This course surveys systems of exchange, kinship, politics, and belief across cultures. Excludes ANTH 2000Y.
ANTH-2002H Ethnographic Exploration What is it like to live in different cultures and come to see the world as they do? Through in-depth encounters with several of the world's cultures through ethnographies, this course provides a cross-cultural understanding of humankind. Excludes ANTH 2000Y.
ANTH-2020H Historical Linguistics An overview of the field of historical linguistics. Students are exposed to the principles and methods of historical research on languages, including topics related to language change and the reconstruction of extinct languages from their known daughter languages. Prerequisite: LING 1000Y or 1002H (or MODL 1000Y or 1002H). Excludes MODL 2020H. LING-2020H
ANTH-2030H Technology & Humanity An introduction to the origin, development, and diversity of technologies in human prehistory and ethnology. Includes archaeological, biological, cultural, and linguistic anthropological perspectives on the role of technologies in human evolution and culture change. Offered only at Trent University Durham.
ANTH-2040H Law Order Ancient Contemporary Cultures An examination of social control and organization in past and present societies around the world. The findings of archaeological, biological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology are combined to understand the range of political and justice systems as ways of defining and solving human problems. Offered only at Trent University Durham.
ANTH-2121H Old World Archaeology Archaeology is a science that attempts to reconstruct and explain the evolution of cultural behaviour in humans. This course surveys major topics in Old World archaeology beginning with the evolution of the first hominins six million years ago, continuing through to the complex societies of the later Holocene. Excludes ANTH 2120Y.
ANTH-2122H Archaeology of the Americas (sc) Covers the archaeology of the Americas, from the peopling of the Americas to contact between indigenous groups and European explorers. We cover a wide range of topics, including political and social organization, settlement, burial practices, subsistence, gender, disease, prestige, belief systems, and art. Excludes 2120Y.
ANTH-2201H Introduction Egyptian Archaeology From the Pharaohs to the Romans The methods and achievements of archaeologists and the art history of Egypt from the period of the Pharaohs, through the Persians and the Greeks to the Romans. Prerequisite: 4.0 university credits. AHCL-2201H
ANTH-2205H Arch. & Art Hist. of Ancient Greece An introduction to Greek material culture from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic Period. Topics include the birth of Western art, the formation of a Greek identity, the relationship to contemporary social developments, and the lasting legacy of Greece in the modern world (including theatres, sculpture, coins, and city-planning). Prerequisite: 4.0 university credits. Excludes AHCL-ANTH 2200Y. AHCL-2205H
ANTH-2206H Arch. & Art Hist. of Ancient Rome An introduction to Roman material culture from the Iron Age through the Late Empire. Topics include the development of a distinctively Roman culture, the influence of the Greek world, the spread of Roman imperialism, the impact of Christianity, and the continuing relevance of Roman institutions in modern society. Prerequisite: 4.0 university credits. Excludes AHCL-ANTH 2200Y. AHCL-2206H
ANTH-2311H Anthropology of Language Covers the basic issues involved in situating diverse languages within diverse cultures and societies, placing the study of genres or ways of speaking in sociocultural contexts of use, attending to the way people's ideas about what language is and what it is for shape the ways they speak. Excludes ANTH 2310Y.
ANTH-2312H Anthropology of Media As media proliferate globally, people are developing culturally-specific understandings of how these media shape communication and what kinds of utterances belong to which media. This course is a linguistic and cultural anthropological exploration of the way people's ideas about different communicative media shape the ways they use these media. Excludes ANTH 2310Y.
ANTH-2410H Biological Anthropology The study of the genetics, evolution, growth, and development, and biology of human and non-human primates. Prerequisite: ANTH 1001H or 1010H (or 1000Y) or permission of instructor. Excludes ANTH 2400Y.
ANTH-2450H Plagues & People Focuses on the origins of plagues and the biological and social impact of major epidemics, past and present, on human societies. Themes explored include the role of human behaviour in the outbreak of disease, responses to epidemics, and human evolution and disease. Prerequisite: ANTH 2410H (or 2400Y) or permission of instructor. Excludes ANTH 3450H.
ANTH-2500H World Food System An interdisciplinary and comparative analysis of the impact of transformations in the world food system on contemporary agrarian societies. Prerequisite: 4.0 university credits or permission of instructor. Excludes IDST-ANTH 2210Y. IDST-2500H, SOCI-2500H, GEOG-2500H, SAFS-2500H
ANTH-2600H Peasants Food Agrarian Change An examination of the impact of processes of commodification, market integration, and globalization on the social organization of food-producing rural communities in developing countries. Prerequisite: 4.0 university credits or permission of instructor. Excludes IDST-ANTH 2210Y. IDST-2600H, SAFS-2600H
Third Year Courses
Course CodeDescriptionCross Listed With
ANTH-3000Y Field Methods & Techniques Anthropology An introduction to methods and techniques of discovery, analysis, and interpretation in a field situation in any one sub-discipline (archaeology, cultural, physical, or linguistic anthropology). Summers only- confirm with the department office. Limited enrolment. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
ANTH-3007H Buddhism, Culture, and Society Buddhism is based in a canonical tradition. Buddhist practice, however, is embedded in-transformed by and transforming-local contexts. We explore ethnographic accounts of how the ideas of Siddhartha (The Buddha) variously exist in different cultural and social contexts. Prerequisite: ANTH 2001H (or 2000Y) or 9.0 university credits including ANTH 1020H or permission of instructor. Excludes ANTH 3780H on the topic of Buddhism, Culture, and Society.
ANTH-3100Y Archaeology & Bioarchaeology The lecture component of this course outlines the history of archaeological thought. The seminar component provides a hands-on exploration of how method and theory are applied within archaeological interpretation. Key ideas in bioarchaeology, such as evolution, race, ethnicity, and repatriation, are also addressed. Prerequisite: ANTH 2121H and 2122H (or 2120Y), or permission of instructor.
ANTH-3112H North American Archaeology (sc) Covers the archaeology of North America, from Paleoindians through the nineteenth century. Subjects include the shift from hunting and foraging to agriculture, the development of complexity, trade relationships and interregional interaction, shifting religious beliefs and practices, and the consequences of European contact and settlement. Prerequisite: ANTH 2121H and 2122H (or 2120Y), or permission of instructor. Excludes ANTH 3110Y.
ANTH-3121H Archaeology of Ancient Mesoamerica A survey of the ancient Native civilizations of Mexico and Central America from the earliest settlement to the European conquest. Includes a study of Aztecs, Maya, Olmec, and other societies of Mesoamerica. Prerequisite: ANTH 2121H and 2122H (or 2120Y), or permission of instructor. Excludes ANTH 4120Y.
ANTH-3151H Lab Methods: Lithics and Bone (sc) The description and analysis of materials from archaeological contexts, including stone tools, bone tools, shell, and ecofacts. This course focuses on hands-on analysis of materials. Fundamental techniques of recording and cataloguing, such as drawing and photography of artifacts, are taught throughout. Prerequisite: ANTH 2121H and 2122H (or 2120Y), or permission of instructor. Excludes ANTH 3150Y.
ANTH-3152H Lab Methods: Ceramics and Historics (sc) Introduces students to basic methods for analyzing of archaeological ceramics and historic artifacts, focusing on ceramic technology and the production of glass and metal artifacts as technologies that transform raw materials into new substances. Prerequisite: ANTH 2121H and 2122H (or 2120Y), or permission of instructor. Excludes ANTH 3150Y.
ANTH-3240H Etruscan Archaeology The material culture of the Etruscans, who rivalled the major Mediterranean powers in trade and warfare and whose art, architecture, and beliefs profoundly influenced ancient Roman culture. Prerequisite: 4.0 university credits including ANTH-AHCL 2205H or 2206H (or 2200Y). AHCL-3240H
ANTH-3260H Culture and Mortality Although cultures are diverse, people of all cultures die. We explore the questions of death from the perspectives of many cultures as interpreted by anthropologists. In light of this cross-cultural examination, we ask what it means to be "mortal." Prerequisite: ANTH 2001H (or 2000Y) or permission of instructor.
ANTH-3333H Ecological Anthropology (sc) This course examines human participation in ecosystems, including how people and cultures cause and react to environmental challenges. We explore interdependence among humans and the rest of nature, how people in various cultures and times conceptualize and interact with their environment, and ways to identify and promote cultures of sustainability. ERSC-3333H
ANTH-3404H Human Osteology A lab-based introduction to the anatomy and biology of the human skeleton. Topics include basic skeletal anatomy, bone biology and development, the functional morphology of bones, identification of complete and fragmentary bones, and skeletal pathology. Prerequisite: ANTH 2410H (or 2400Y). Excludes ANTH-BIOL-FRSC 3415Y, 3420H. BIOL-3404H, FRSC-3404H
ANTH-3405H Forensic Anthropology An introduction to forensic anthropology. Focuses on the methods used by forensic anthropologists to analyze unidentified skeletal remains, including sex determination, age estimation, stature estimation, assessment of ancestry, and identification of trauma and pathology. Prerequisite: ANTH-BIOL-FRSC 3404H. Excludes ANTH-BIOL-FRSC 3415Y, 3420H. FRSC-3405H
ANTH-3460H Biocultual Explorations Human Lifecourse A survey of the human life course through a bio-cultural lens, focusing on life history theory, demography, growth and development, adaptive human biology, determinants of health, and aging. The human species on the individual and population levels is seen as a product of evolutionary and biological forces, and of culture and and society. Prerequisite: ANTH 1001H or both 1010H and 1020H (or 1000Y), or permission of instructor. BIOL-3460H
ANTH-3470H Primate Behaviour A general survey of the Order Primates, focusing on their history, classification, distribution, ecology, and behaviour within an evolutionary/adaptive context, with emphasis on the comparisons of non-human primates with the human species. Prerequisite: ANTH 2001H (or 2000Y) or 2410H (or 2400Y), or permission of instructor. BIOL-3470H
ANTH-3540H Mortuary Archaeology (sc) Examines the act of burial from an archaeological perspective. We focus on temporal trends in mortuary customs from Neandertals to modern humans. Gender, age, ethnic, and social differences in burial patterns are also explored. Prerequisite: ANTH 2001H (or 2000Y) or both 2121H and 2122H (or 2120Y) or 2410H (or 2400Y); or ANTH-AHCL 2205H or 2206H (or 2200Y); or permission of instructor. Excludes ANTH-AHCL 4410H. AHCL-3540H
ANTH-3550H Hunters- Gatherers Examines variability within and between hunter-gatherer groups and sees how differences can be understood in an ecological and social perspective. To illustrate the diversity of hunter-gatherer adaptations, this course draws on case studies from Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Oceania. Prerequisite: ANTH 2001H (or 2000Y) or both 2121H and 2122H (or 2120Y).
ANTH-3680H Environmental Archaeology Focuses on the concepts and methods used by archaeologists to investigate the long-term interactions between humans and the environment. Explores the wide diversity of approaches (geomorphology, paleobotany, archaeozoology, paleoentomology, and isotopic analyses) developed over the years in order to sharpen our understanding of past human- environment dynamics. Prerequisite: ANTH 1001H or both 1010H and 1020H (or 1000Y); or ERSC 1010 and 1020H (or 1000Y); or permission of instructor. Excludes ANTH 3520Y. ERSC-3680H
ANTH-3731H Archaeozoology (sc) Introduces the analysis and interpretation of animal remains in archaeological sites. Students become familiar with the interpretation of faunal assemblages and learn through hands-on practice and discussions to think critically about the implications that can be drawn from these remains. Limited enrolment. Prerequisite: ANTH 2121H or 2122H (or 2120Y) or 2410H (or 2400Y) or permission of instructor. Excludes ANTH 3730Y.
ANTH-3745H Virtual Worlds - the Anthropology of Online Communities Focuses on worlds creating in playable media (games), including both massively multiple online games (MMOGs) and tabletop role-playing games. "Virtual" society is now an increasingly taken-for-granted aspect of everyday sociality. This course develops tools and theories for the study of virtual worlds, online and offline. Prerequisite: 4.0 university credits. COIS-3745H
ANTH-3748H Anthropology of Animation Explores anthropologically the concept of animation-the attribution of human agency and life to nonhumans or media forms that create such an "illusion of life"-covering animated nonhumans from religious images, dolls, puppets, automatons, and robots to animated characters and brand mascots across different animated media (cel animation, rotoscopy, stop-motion, puppetry). Prerequisite: ANTH 2001H or 2002H (or 2000Y) or 2312H (or 2310Y) or CUST 1535H (or 1035Y) or permission of instructor. CUST-3748H
ANTH-3780H Pilgrimage and Portals A focused study of a particular topic in the study of religion and culture. Topics change from year to year. Prerequisite: ANTH 2001H (or 2000Y) or permission of instructor. Excludes ANTH 4270H.
ANTH-3810H Monsters: Societies Seen Through Their Others Examines the linguistic, semiotic, and cultural constitution of figures of otherness or "alterity" that both define the boundaries and provide inverted images of societies and languages, paying particular attention to figures of monstrous alterity, both physical and linguistic monstrosity, and various dimensions of difference. Prerequisite: ANTH 2001H (or 2000Y) or both 2311H and 2312H (or 2310Y) or permission of instructor. Excludes ANTH 4810H.
ANTH-3850Y Ancient Mediterranean Arch - Field A field course in archaeological methods and techniques at a Classical or Near Eastern site in the Mediterranean. Spring/summers only-confirm with the department office. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and 1.0 credit from ANTH-AHCL 2205H, ANTH-AHCL 2206H, ANTH 2121H, ANTH 2122H (or AHCL-ANTH 2200Y or ANTH 2120Y). Limited enrolment.
ANTH-3991H Theories of Society and Culture Structured thematically, this course surveys the principal theoretical developments in the discipline. Prerequisite: ANTH 2001H (or 2000Y). Excludes ANTH 3990Y.
Fourth Year Courses
Course CodeDescriptionCross Listed With
ANTH-4003H Sr. Seminar in Classical Archaeology Students gain practical experience in the processes of scholarly investigations and dissemination of findings by engaging in the ongoing research project of the instructor. Prerequisite: 10.0 university credits, including AHCL course(s) to be specified on a course-by-course basis. AHCL-4003H
ANTH-4010Y Honours Thesis ANTH 4020D is a double credit in Anthropology. ANTH 4010Y is a single credit because the same thesis is submitted to the other department/program in a joint-major. Students undertake a specific research project and write a thesis of 12,000 to 15,000 words on a well-defined topic. Arrangements begin with the chair of the department March 1 of the preceding academic year and departmental approval must be completed before March 31. Prerequisite: 9.0 university credits including ANTH 3100Y or 3991H (or 3990Y); courses directly relevant to the thesis topic; and a minimum 80% cumulative average in ANTH courses completed.
ANTH-4020D Double Credit Honours Thesis ANTH 4020D is a double credit in Anthropology. ANTH 4010Y is a single credit because the same thesis is submitted to the other department/program in a joint-major. Students undertake a specific research project and write a thesis of 12,000 to 15,000 words on a well-defined topic. Arrangements begin with the chair of the department March 1 of the preceding academic year and departmental approval must be completed before March 31. Prerequisite: 9.0 university credits including ANTH 3100Y or 3991H (or 3990Y); courses directly relevant to the thesis topic; and a minimum 80% cumulative average in ANTH courses completed.
ANTH-4170H Archaeology & Popular Culture Provides a critical assessment of ways in which archaeology and archaeologists are portrayed in various forms of popular culture, including films, television dramas, documentaries, cartoons, fiction novels, magazines, video and board games, and science fiction. Prerequisite: ANTH 2121H and 2122H (or 2120Y); and 3000Y or 3100Y; or permission of instructor. Excludes ANTH 4931H.
ANTH-4175H Human-Animal Interactions: Past, Present Ethnographic and archaeological approaches to the study of human-animal interactions in the past and present. Some of the specific topics include domestication, hunting, animal cultures, whaling, ethnoprimatology, fisheries, and extinctions. Prerequisite: 10.0 university credits including one of ANTH 2001H, 2121H, 2122H, or 2410H, or permission of the instructor.
ANTH-4180H Collapse of Complex Societies Using anthropological theory and archaeologicallygenerated data sets, this course explores the characteristics of, and reasons for, the "collapse" of complex societies. The focus is on the last two phases of the "Adaptive Cycle": release and reorganization. Implications for the contemporary world are also discussed. Prerequisite: 10.0 university credits or permission of the instructor. AHCL-4180H, ERSC-4180H
ANTH-4185H Human Impact Ancient Environs Using archaeological and environmental theory, and diverse data sets, lectures and student research projects explore human impacts on ancient environments. The focus is on the first two phases of the "Adaptive Cycle": exploitation and conservation. Seminars concentrate on contemporary environmental issues. Prerequisite: 10.0 university credits or permission of instructor. ERSC-4185H, AHCL-4185H
ANTH-4420H Paleopathology Focuses on the study of disease in human skeletal remains. Emphasis is placed on the description and diagnosis of bone pathology, theoretical issues underlying the reconstruction of the health of past populations, and recent molecular and microscopic approaches to the study of disease in bone. Prerequisite: ANTH-BIOL-FRSC 3404H and ANTH-FRSC 3405H (or ANTH-BIOL-FRSC 3420H or 3415Y) or permission of instructor.
ANTH-4440H Nutritional Anthropology Examines human dietary behaviour as a product of interactions among ecology, culture, and biology. It focuses on basic nutritional and ecological principles, diet from evolutionary, comparative, and historical perspectives, cultural factors influencing diet, food as medicine, and the impact of under-nutrition on human physiology and behaviour. Prerequisite: ANTH 2410H (or 2400Y) or permission of instructor. SAFS-4440H
ANTH-4512H Contemporary Issues in Global Health Analyzes some of the critical global health issues and challenges that face humanity in the new century, and the manner in which global institutions are addressing those issues. Interdisciplinary in scope, the course draws on scholarship from global public health, political economy, biopolitics, and human rights. Prerequisite: 14.0 university credits including 1.0 IDST or ANTH or SOCI credit at the 2000 level or permission of instructor. IDST-4512H, SOCI-4512H
ANTH-4800H Cultural Dynamics Invention, innovation, diffusion, and revolution: this course examines why some cultural ideas, behaviours, and artifacts develop and spread while others are lost. Ethnographic, biological, linguistic, and archaeological aspects of cultural transmission, stability, and change are covered from culture's origins, past, and diversification to current trends and potentials for directed change. Prerequisite: 4.0 university credits.
ANTH-4830H Anthropology of Food Politics Explores moral and ethical dimensions of food production and circulation. The politics of excess and want, national cuisines, reactions to industrial and fast food (the Slow Food movement, culinary connoisseurship). Food distribution, from home to restaurants and fast food joints, is examined in the context of changing demands of work. Prerequisite: ANTH 2001H (or 2000Y) or permission of instructor. POST-4830H, SAFS-4830H
ANTH-4900Y Reading Course Designed for students to pursue special interests largely through independent study. Signature of instructor and department required. Details to be arranged in advance consultation with faculty in Anthropology and proposals to be submitted to the chair of the department for approval and signature. Completed applications with the appropriate supporting documents will be forwarded to the Office of the Dean of Arts & Science for Approval prior to the add deadline for the requested term.
ANTH-4901H Reading Course Designed for students to pursue special interests largely through independent study. Signature of instructor and department required. Details to be arranged in advance consultation with faculty in Anthropology and proposals to be submitted to the chair of the department for approval and signature. Completed applications with the appropriate supporting documents will be forwarded to the Office of the Dean of Arts & Science for Approval prior to the add deadline for the requested term.
ANTH-4902H Reading Course Designed for students to pursue special interests largely through independent study. Signature of instructor and department required. Details to be arranged in advance consultation with faculty in Anthropology and proposals to be submitted to the chair of the department for approval and signature. Completed applications with the appropriate supporting documents will be forwarded to the Office of the Dean of Arts & Science for Approval prior to the add deadline for the requested term.
ANTH-4932H Sex Gender and Science An interdisciplinary introduction to the topic of women and gender in science. How is gender difference understood within scientific disciplines? Why are women under-represented in various science and technological fields? How are women, and feminist scholarship, changing science? Prerequisite: 1.0 WMST or ANTH credit at the 3000 level or permission of instructor. WMST-4932H