Spring 2017

Collecting the Past: Art and Artifacts of the Ancient Americas

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-220


Elizabeth Klarich (Section 01)


Early European explorers, modern travelers, collectors, curators, and archaeologists have contributed to the development of ancient Latin American collections in museums across the globe. This course traces the history of these collecting practices and uses recent case studies to demonstrate how museums negotiate—successfully and unsuccessfully—the competing interests of scholars, donors, local communities, and international law. Students will learn how archaeologists study a variety of artifact types within museum collections and will have the opportunity to conduct independent research projects using pre-Columbian pottery and textile collections from the Mead Museum at Amherst College.

Limited to 18 students. Spring semester. Five College Professor Klarich.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to Anth, Art History, & Latin American Studies


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2013, Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2019