Spring 2012

The Archaeology of Colonialism and the Making of the Modern World

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-320


Maxine H. Oland (Section 01)


The world as we know it today has been shaped by European colonial and imperial policies of the post-15th century.  In most regions we are limited in our understanding of colonial encounters by the availability and biases inherent in document-based research.  Archaeology provides us with a tool to examine colonialism from multiple viewpoints and allows us to study culture change from a material and spatial perspective.  In this course we will examine the archaeology of colonial encounters.  We will compare ethnohistoric and archaeological perspectives on the colonial past and examine how our narratives have meaning in the present-day world.

Limited to 25 students.  Spring semester. Visiting Lecturer Oland.

If Overenrolled: If the course becomes oversubscribed, pre-registered students will submit a brief essay explaining why they are interested in the course.


2018-19: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2012