DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY
Detail of Sigur 1 Rockpainting
The Archaeology of Civilization
Professor: Allen Zagarell
Fall Semester 2008
Office hours:Mon/Weds/ or by appointment
Requirements: Do all readings and visit all the assigned Web sites. You are also expected to participate in all class discussions. Class participation is decisive whenever there is any question about final grade. You will be required to give one class room presentation (ca. 20 minutes in length) and transform that talk into an expanded term paper on the same theme as the paper presentation. There will be two essay/multiple choice exams. Each exam and the term paper is worth 30 points of total grade. The presentation and class participation is worth an additional 10 points.
Archaic States eds. G Feinman, J . Marcus (AS)
Order, Legitimacy, and Wealth in Ancient States eds J. Richards, M.V. Buren (OLW)
Week 1: Introduction
to The Course
Sept. 3: Brief Introduction to the Course
Week 2: The State of Archaeology and the Archaeology of the State
Sept. 8 Introduction to Anthropology; Where this course fits in
Sept:10: Dividing up assignments/Presentations.
Week 3: The
Archaeology of the State. Complexities and Difficulties.
Sept 15: Theories of the State
What is Archaeology? What is Civilization? What do we mean by the state? Are
there other forms of government? Is there one state or are there many states?
Under what conditions did the first states appear? Does first appearance
describe all appearances? Can we talk about states in general? Where do
we look for explanation?
Sept 17 Oral Reports:Aristotleand
Week 4: Prime Movers continued:
Sept.22:Theories of the State
Difficulties Comparing Data.. Prime Movers: What are they? Complexities + Prime Movers: Ecological and Environmental attempts at explanation.
READINGS:Claessen and Skalnik 1978:3-29 1992 Harris 1992:261-276, Carneiro;1970:733-738
Oral Reports Class approaches: Origin of the Family/Engels
Ibn Khaldun and Systems approaches
Week 6: Prime
Movers and other Related Approaches
Oct. 6-8 Segmentary State, Feminist approaches Hegemony
READINGS:(AS) Flannery 15-49;Segmentary State Southall 1988:52-82 Feminist approaches Costin xxxx
Week 8: Mesopotamia
Oct. 20-22 Film/Mesopotamia
Oral Reports: Mesopotamian class system, the development of a writing system
READINGS: (OLW)Yofee 46-63, (AS)Wright 173-198; Zagarell 1986xx
Web pages: Codexes ; Code of Hammurabi
Week 9: Indus
Oral Reports ; Harappa Civilization and a World Trade System
READINGS: (OLW) Kenoyer 88-109; (AS)Possehl 261-292
Web pages: Kenoyer's Tour of the Indus
Oral Reports: Egyptian Religion and Its state implications
Web pages: Priests
Oral Reports:Are there different pathways to state emergence?
Week 13: Central
Nov. 24 Ecological Restraints; What effect on Development?
Web pages: Teotihuacan