Theoretical Approaches to Archaeology

The American University of Rome

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Theoretical Approaches to Archaeology

  • Host University

    The American University of Rome

  • Location

    Rome, Italy

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    A 300-level Archeology course and at least one course in regional Archelogy.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course examines the theoretical foundations which underpin all acheological interpretation. We will examine how theory has changed the interpretation of human society over time, relating this both to developments in methodology (e.g. the introduction of scientific archeology) and changes in contemporary society (e.g. post-colonial archeology). This course will be organized in a broadly historiographical format analyzing prevailing concerns in different time periods in both the United States and Europe. Classes will follow a seminar format and students will be expected to come to class prepared to participate fully in the discussion.

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