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ANTH 495B Advanced Studies in Anthropology - ADV STUDIES

An intensive examination of selected topics in Anthropology. Consult the Department for this year's offerings.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3


Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
ANTH 495B 001Lecture1 Tue Thu14:0015:30

This course is cross-listed with PHIL469. Students can register in either section.

THINKING WITH THINGS: EVIDENTIAL REASONING IN ARCHAEOLOGY

ANTH 495B - 001: Advanced Studies in Anthropology

PHIL 469 - 001: Topics in Philosophy of Science

What counts as evidence, and what are best practices for reasoning with evidence in archaeological contexts? In this seminar we will take a case-based approach to building a philosophical framework for understanding contemporary archaeological debates about evidence. A recent overview of these debates, Evidential Reasoning in Archaeology (Chapman and Wylie 2015), will set the stage, and then we turn to readings that represent positions staked out by the New Archaeologists and their post-processual critics, paired with a selection of the logical empiricist and contextualist philosophies of science that influenced them. In the second half of the seminar we will consider accounts of evidential reasoning in archaeology that resist the oppositional structure of this debate. These will be dra and ~

wn primarily from Material Evidence (ed. Chapman and Wylie 2015), juxtaposed with recent work on evidential reasoning in philosophy of the historical sciences, chiefly Rock Bone and Ruin (Currie 2018) and Making Prehistory (Turner 2007).

Prerequisites: at least one advanced course in history and/or philosophy of science or in archaeological theory strongly recommended. Contact the instructor if you have questions.