Fall 2022

Beyond Indiana Jones: The History, Politics, and Culture of Global Archaeology

Listed in: History, as HIST-332


Andrew Bell (Section 01)


[AF/AS/EU/LA/ME/TC/TE/TR] This course investigates the history, politics, and culture of international archaeological research and expeditions from the mid-eighteenth century through the mid-twentieth century. Rather than discussing the achievements and material remnants of ancient and classical civilizations, it seeks to situate the discovery, study, preservation, and possession of antiquities within the wider global contexts of warfare, nationalism, imperialism, decolonization, social politics of inclusion and exclusion, and popular culture. The course will provide a historical basis for understanding relations between the Global North and the Global South, the debates around contemporary calls for the repatriation of plundered artifacts, the origins of the idea of world heritage, and the common misconceptions about who qualifies as a producer of scientific knowledge. Two class meetings per week.

Limited to 25 students. Fall semester. Professor Bell.

How to handle overenrollment: Preference given to History majors, by seniority if necessary

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Close analysis of historical evidence, which may include written documents, images, music, films, or statistics from the historical period under study. Exploration of scholarly, methodological, and theoretical debates about historical topics. Extensive reading, varying forms of written work, and intensive in-class discussions.

HIST 332 - LEC

Section 01
M 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM CONV 209
W 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM CONV 209

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
The Compensations of Plunder: How China Lost Its Treasures University of Chicago Press, 2020 Justin M. Jacobs Amherst Books TBD
Archaeology, Sexism, and Scandal: The Long-Suppressed Story of One Woman's Discoveries and the Man Who Stole Credit for Them Rowan & Littlefield, 2015 Alan Kaiser Amherst Books TBD
The Brutish Museums: The Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural Restitution Pluto Press, 2020 Dan Hicks Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2022