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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Anthropology

DURT Track - Spring 2018

ANTH 213.001 / Ethnobotany: Plants and Peoples

Professor: Gail Wagner

(3 credits) 

Fulfills the Cultural Anthropology Course Requirement and GSS Requirement

Also can be used for DURT Track-Methodology 

Course Readings:

Students read articles posted on Blackboard. 

Course Description:

Every culture depends on plants for needs as diverse as food, shelter, clothing, and medicines. Certain plants hold symbolic meanings for people. Plants affect people in many ways. Ethnobotany—the interrelationships between cultures and plants—is a field of study by disciplines as diverse as anthropology, botany, chemistry, pharmacognosy, and engineering. This course provides a multi-cultural overview of human-plant interactions through the lenses of the four anthropological subfields of cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, linguistics, and archaeology. No background in either anthropology or botany is needed, just a curiosity to learn more about human-plant relationships. The emphasis is on cultural anthropology: students participate in a class research project on an ethnobotanical subject. 

Course Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of Anthropology 213, students will be able to:

1. Answer the question: what is ethnobotany?

2. List the subfields of anthropology and summarize how each intersects with ethnobotany;

3. Outline differences in worldviews and how those affect human-nature relationships;

4. Summarize important ethnobotanical issues;

5. Give examples of ethical responsibilities in human subject research;

6. Be professionally and nationally CITI certified for human subject research;

7. Conduct an oral interview;

8. Apply the scientific method by stating a testable hypothesis, researching the topic, compiling data, and evaluating the findings. 

Course Evaluation:

Online worksheets, online questions about each reading, Assignments, and work on the class project. 

Course Audience:

This course is suitable for anyone from any background, with no prerequisites. If you are interested in learning more about the relationships between people and plants, this is the course for you! No prior knowledge of either anthropology or botany needed, and you come out of the course with marketable skills to put on your resume (CITI certification, human subject research). 

 ANTH 322.001 / Field School in Archaeology

Professor: Andrew White

(3 credits) 

Meets with Anth 722 

Fulfills the Archaeological Requirement for the Anthropology Major or DURT 

Course Readings:

No textbook required 

Course Description:

This one-day-a-week archaeological field school will give you hands-on experience in basic excavation methods and techniques, including:

  • grid systems and mapping;
  • controlled hand excavation;
  • documentation of cultural features;
  • description of sediments;
  • record keeping and photography;
  • strategy, logistics, and teamwork.

We will be working at a site along the Broad River that was used by prehistoric peoples over the course of at least 5000 years.  Previous work at the site revealed the presence of a series of prehistoric occupations buried within a natural sand levee. Our work at the site this semester will be focused on: (1) using careful hand excavation to collect detailed information about identified Late Archaic age (ca. 3500-1000 BC) deposits at the site; and (2) investigating deeply buried deposits that may date to the Early Archaic period (ca. 9000-7000 BC).

We will depart from campus each Friday at 8:00 and return by 4:00 (transportation provided). Students will bring their own lunch. There are no formal bathroom facilities on site. Each student will be required to have a small set of personal field gear (e.g., small toolbox, gloves, mason’s trowel, 5m metric tape measure, notebook, etc.). Other tools and field equipment will be provided.

ANTH 546.001 / Forensic Archaeological Recovery (FAR)

Professor: Jonathan Leader

(3 credits) 

Fulfills the Archaeological Requirement for the Anthropology Major


Fulfills the 500-level(s) requirement(s) for the Major or for DURT 

Course Readings:

Forensic Anthropology by Langley; ISBN: 9781498736121 

Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation by Fisher; ISBN: 9781439810057 


Genocide Matters by Apsel; ISBN: 9780415814966 

Criminal Investigations by Palmiotto; ISBN: 9781439882184 

Practical Forensic Digital Imaging by Jones; ISBN: 9781420060126 

Fisher’s Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation by Tilstone; ISBN: 9781439817049 

Course Description:

This course introduces the student to Forensic Archaeological Recovery (FAR).  The application of archaeology’s methods and techniques to the search and recovery of human remains, other items and otherwise buried/hidden data. A core tool in the arsenal for the investigation of criminal cases, cold cases, missing person’s cases, battlefield MIA/KIA, massacres and disasters. This is applied archaeology on the edge. Where accuracy counts and justice and families wait. 

Central concepts, defining articles and multimedia presentations will be presented and discussed in class for their enduring insights, multi-disciplinary connections, and areas of relevance. Contemporary case studies from within and without western societies will be used to illustrate the breadth and current concerns within the sub-discipline. By the end of class the student will have acquired a basic understanding of this field of endeavor and have mastered the terminology.

Learning Outcomes:

 Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Recognize and apply specific anthropological terminology and concepts as it relates to the sub-field.
  2. Understand the fundamental elements of FAR.
  3. Understand the methods used in and goals of FAR.
  4. Recognize the interdependency of forensic activity and cultural norms and expectations.
  5. Recognize the defining characteristics of FAR and its relationship to the client base, stakeholders, judiciary and other forensic practitioners.

Audience: Previous knowledge in this specific area is not required, but a basic understanding of anthropology or allied area of study (e.g., criminal justice, sociology, political science, psychology, law, history, social geography, military studies or medicine/nursing) is expected.

ANTH 550.001 / Archaeological Laboratory Methods

Professor: Joanna Casey

(3 credits) 

Fulfills the Archaeological Requirement for the Anthropology Major


Fulfills the 500-level(s) requirement(s) for the Major or for DURT 

Course Readings:

There is no text book for this course, but students will be expected to buy a set of inexpensive digital calipers.  Details in first class.

Course Description:

This is a course in basic laboratory procedures for the analysis of archaeological materials.  Topics include archaeological taxonomy and the analysis of ceramics, lithics and animal remains from archeological sites.


ANTH 552.001 / Medical Anthropology 

Professor: David Simmons 

(3 credits)  

Fulfills the Cultural Requirement for the Anthropology Major 


Fulfills the 500-level(s) requirement(s) for the Major or for DURT  

Cross-listed with HPEB 552.001 and HPEB.H10  

Course Readings: 

Donald Joralemon (2006) Exploring Medical Anthropology (2nd Ed.). Pearson Allyn and Bacon.   

Anne Fadiman (1997) The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. FSG. ISBN 9780374533403  

Paul Farmer (2006) AIDS and Accusation: Haiti and the Geography of Blame. UC Press. ISBN 0520248392  

Course Description: 

This course introduces the field of medical anthropology, which is the study of human health, disease and healing from a cross-cultural perspective. The political economy of health as a result of modernization is a central focus. Topics covered include cross-cultural understandings of illness and healing, the social/cultural context of health and health interventions, and the impacts of emerging and re-emerging diseases such as AIDS, Ebola, and Tuberculosis on world health. The underlying theme of the course is the use of anthropological concepts and methods in domestic and international public health contexts.


ANTH 561.001 / Human Osteology

Professor: Carlina De La Cova

 (4 credits) 

Fulfills the Biological Requirement for the Major


Fulfills the 500-level(s) requirement(s) for the Major or for DURT 

Course Readings:

Human Osteology, 3rd Edition. Time White, et al. Hardcover, ISBN 13: 978-0123741349 

Additional readings will be placed on Blackboard. It is the student’s responsibility to check Blackboard daily as announcements, readings, and other materials will be posted on Blackboard. 

Course Description:

This course provides an intensive, hands-on and active learning introduction to the identification of human skeletal remains. Throughout the course of the semester students will learn: 1) how to identify skeletal elements, both whole and fragmentary; 2) how to estimate age, sex, ancestry, and stature of an individual; 3) how to distinguish between human and non-human remains; 4) how to reconstruct populations, particularly in terms of diet and disease; and 5) real world applications of human osteology.