ARCHAEOLOGY OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN LIFE AND CULTURE AFA 3360 (sect 5276) MWF Period 3 (9:35am -- 10:25am) Instructor: James M. Davidson, Ph.D. Office: Turlington B134
Office Hours: Monday 2 – 5 pm (and by appointment)
Course Website: http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/davidson/courses.htm
Description: This course is designed to present a historical overview of the field of African-American archaeology, starting with the first scientific excavations in the 1940s. Participants will obtain knowledge of important case studies, key figures, major issues, and the overall development of the discipline. Theoretical, methodological, and ethical issues will be addressed. Through lectures, I will introduce the readings and provide broad overviews of the overarching topics and issues within the field of African-American Archaeology. A good portion of class time, however, will be spent discussing
and critiquing the readings.
Required Readings: James Deetz
1996 In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life.
Anchor (Revised and Expanded edition)
Singleton, Theresa (editor)
1999 “I, Too, Am America”: Archaeological Studies of African-American Life.
University Press of Virginia, Charlottesville.
Electronic documents, comprising key articles and book chapters, will be posted and downloadable as .pdf files from a university server. Requirements: There will be two non cumulative exams, the format of which will be a mixture of objective questions (e.g., true false, multiple choice, etc), and one or more short answer or essay questions. There will also be a final exam (cumulative). Participation in class discussions is expected. Students are expected to have read the readings for that day, and come to class prepared to discuss them.
The writing component for this class is satisfied by three critical response essays on key readings to be assigned throughout the semester. Each essay will be three (maximum four) pages in length, double spaced, 12 point font, and one-inch margins. These will be corrected and returned with comments.
Grading: Exams 1 and 2 (20% each) 40%
Critical response essays (three total) 30%
Attendance/Class Participation 10%
Final Exam (comprehensive) 20%
A final letter grade will be assigned at the end of the semester, according to this scale: 94-100=A, 90-93=A-, 87-89=B+, 83-86=B, 80-82=B-, 77-79=C+, 73-76=C, 70-72=C-, 67-69=D+, 63-66=D, 60-62=D-, 59 and below = E.
Please note that a C- is not a satisfactory grade for major /minor or gened /Writing Requirement courses. For more information, see https://catalog.ufl.edu/ugrad/current/regulations/info/grades.aspx.
Attendance: Regular attendance is expected. Excessive unexcused absences will
detract from the student’s final grade (see above).
Make-up Exams: If an exam is missed, and the absence was pre-arranged, or in the event of illness
accompanied by a physician’s note, a make-up exam will be given. No make-up exams
will be given for students who miss the testing period due to unexcused absences.
Accommodating Students with Disabilities: Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of
Students Office. The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation to the student,
who in turn must provide this documentation to me when requesting accommodation.
Academic Honesty: The University reminds every student of the implied pledge of Academic Honesty: “on
any work submitted for credit the student has neither received nor given unauthorized
aid.” THIS REFERS TO CHEATING AND PLAGIARISM, AND
IT WILL NOT BE TOLERATED IN THIS CLASS. Students caught cheating will be referred to the University administration for disciplinary action, the consequences of which can include (among other things) failure of this course, and expulsion from the University. Consult the Student Guide at http://www.dso.ufl.edu/sccr/honorcodes/honorcode.php for further information.
Schedule and Topics: Week 1 (August 22-24) Introduction (Historical Archaeology, etc).
Week 2 (August 27-31) Deetz’s “In Small Things Forgotten”
Week 3 (September 3-7) NO CLASS MONDAY – LABOR DAY
Deetz’s “In Small Things Forgotten”; Pioneering works and “Plantation Studies”
Week 4 (September 10-14) Pioneering works and “Plantation Studies” (continued)
Week 5 (September 17-21) Critiques of “Plantation Studies”
Week 6 (September 24-28) Critiques of “Plantation Studies” (continued); Race, culture, ethnicity
Week 7 (October 1-5) Race, culture, ethnicity (continued)
******Exam 1 (Wednesday – Oct 5) ******
Week 8 (October 8-12) Belief Systems/Spirituality
ESSAY NO. 1 (DUE OCTOBER 12, 2012)
Week 9 (October 15-19) Belief Systems/Spirituality (continued)
Week 10 (October 22-26) Mortuary Studies and Bioarchaeology
Week 11 (October 29 – November 2) NO CLASS FRIDAY -- HOMECOMING
Week 12 (November 5 – 9) Politics and representation
Mortuary Studies and Bioarchaeology (continued)
******Exam 2 (Wednesday – Nov. 9) ********
Week 13 (November 12-16) NO CLASS MONDAY – VETERAN’S DAY
ESSAY NO. 2 (DUE NOVEMBER 16, 2012)
Politics and Representation (continued)
Week 14 November 19 – 23) NO CLASS Wednesday through Friday -- Thanksgiving
Week 15 (November 26 – 30) Current research
Week 16 (December 3 – 5) Current research (continued)
ESSAY NO. 3 (DUE Wednesday -- DECEMBER 5, 2012)
******Final Exam ******
Final Exam Period (13C): Thursday December 13 --- 12:30 to 2:30 pm
READINGS: Week 1 (August 22-24)
Warren Perry and Robert Paynter
“Artifacts, Ethnicity, and the Archaeology of African Americans”
(Chapter 15 in Theresa Singleton’s edited volume)
Singleton, Theresa and Mark D. Bograd
1995 The African Experience in America: A Brief Overview. In The Archaeology of
the African Diaspora in the Americas. Guides to the Archaeological Literature of the
Immigrant Experience in America, Number 2. The Society for Historical Archaeology
Week 2 (August 27-31)
James Deetz’s (1996) book, In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early
“Archaeology at Flowerdew Hundred”
(Chapter 3 in Theresa Singleton’s edited volume)
Weeks 3 and 4 (Sept 3-Sept 14)
(Finish reading Deetz’s book, In Small Things Forgotten…)
Pioneering works and “Plantation Studies”
Ascher, Robert and Charles Fairbanks
1971 Excavation of a Slave Cabin: Georgia, U.S.A. Historical Archaeology 5:3-17.
Bullen, Adelaide K. And Ripley P. Bullen
1945 Black Lucy’s Garden. Bulletin of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society
Otto, John Solomon
1980 Race and Class on Antebellum Plantations. In Archaeological Perspectives on
Ethnicity in America: Afro-American and Asian American Culture History, edited by