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Unformatted text preview: ARCHAEOLOGY AT THE MOVIES THE SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF THE PAST IN POPULAR CULTURE ANT 300 (349), Spring 2008 Eggers Hall Room 010 Wednesdays 9:30-12:20 Professor C. R. DeCorse Office Hours: Wed 12:30-3:00 Office: 209 Maxwell Hall and by appointment Tel: 443-4647 Email: [email protected] INTRODUCTION Archaeology pervades modern life in everything from film and fiction to video games and advertising. The exotic places, buried treasure, and perilous adventures that these popular images of the archaeologist often do not accord with the modern discipline. Modern archaeology seeks to uncover questions about the past and the archaeologist often spends more in front of a computer and in the laboratory than doing fieldwork. Fieldwork, rather than the search for a priceless treasures, is a carefully planned strategy for collecting data—often broken bits of pottery, stone and metal—that help answer questions about the past. This course examines archaeology in popular culture though its portrayal in film. ANT 300 has no prerequisites. It is intended as an elective course for both majors and non-majors. The class is thematic in organization, dealing with major issues that have been the focus of anthropological research. These topics include issues and themes that have been the focus of many fictional treatments: Human origins; Neanderthal Life; Ancient Egypt; Archaeology and Nazi Germany; and Biblical Archaeology. When you have completed the class you will have a good idea of the types of techniques that archaeologists and anthropologists use in interpreting the past, and some of the main themes that archaeological research has addressed. READINGS There are three required books for this course, which may be purchased at Follett’s Orange Bookstore in the Marshall Square mall. The required textbooks are: Textbook: Physical Anthropology and Archaeology (2 nd ed.), by Carol Ember, Melvin Ember, and Peter Peregrine (Prentice Hall, 2007) 1 Tutankhamun: The Untold Story , by Thomas Hoving (2002) Master Plan: Himmler’s Scholars and the Holocaust, by Heather Pringle (Paperback edition) Harper Collins The Ember, Ember, and Peregrine book provides an overview of archaeology and physical anthropology. The text should be used as a resource for reviewing modern archaeology’s goals and objectives, substantive information on archaeological discoveries, and archaeology as a career. The other two books provide more detailed information on some of the themes examined in the course, discussing both archaeological data and its interpretation in popular culture. The assigned chapter readings complement topics dealt with in the lectures and films. The relevant chapter readings for each week are given on the syllabus below. It is essential to keep up with the readings: These present information not covered in the lectures or films that will be on the examinations. In addition to the course books, additional handouts and study guides may be distributed in class and other readings may be placed on reserve in the Library.distributed in class and other readings may be placed on reserve in the Library....
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course ANT 300 taught by Professor Decorse during the Spring '08 term at Syracuse.
- Spring '08