The Archaeology of New Orleans and the Urban U.S.
College of Liberal Arts
In this course, the archaeology of historic sites in New Orleans will be used as the starting point for a broader discussion of material culture and its relationship to contemporary themes in anthropology. In particular, theoretical approaches to the city and to urban space will provide a background for addressing the issue of identity, as expressed along axes of race, class, ethnicity, religion, gender, and so on. Other topics to be addressed include the city and mortuary practices, health and sanitation, utopias and imagined cities, and the archaeology of disaster. Data from archaeological studies of other urban sites in the U.S. will supplement those focused in New Orleans. Students will also receive some hands-on training in analytical approaches to historic material culture, including ceramic and glass analyses.
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