HC 231H: Household Archaeology

Professor: Alison Carter

4.00 credits

• CRN 13101: Monday & Wednesday, 1415-1545 @ LLCN 125

When people think of archaeology and the ancient world they often think of dramatic monuments like the Great Pyramids in Egypt, Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s tomb of terracotta warriors in China, or religious sites like Stonehenge in England. These are usually associated with powerful rulers and elite members of society, but what about everyday people? Using case studies from around the world we will examine how archaeologists study households and the daily lives of ancient people. Topics covered will include the relationship between households and status, identity, gender, ritual, and the economy, as well as how households both shape and are shaped by culture.