Course Description

Course Name

Theoretical Approaches to Archaeology

Session: VRMF3123

Hours & Credits

45 Contact Hours

Prerequisites & Language Level

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

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


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.

*Course content subject to change