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    200 Level Courses (Introductory)

    Course
    ANTH 201 Prehistoric Archaeology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 202 Socio-Cultural Anthropology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 203 Human Evolution 3 Credits
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    ANTH 204 Anthropology of Meaning 3 Credits
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    ANTH 206 Environment and Culture 3 Credits
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    ANTH 207 Ethnography Through Film 3 Credits
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    ANTH 208 Evolutionary Anthropology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 209 Anthropology of Religion 3 Credits
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    ANTH 210 Archaeology of Early Cities 3 Credits
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    ANTH 222 Legal Anthropology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 227 Medical Anthropology 3 Credits
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    300 Level Courses (Intermediate)

    Undergraduate Prerequisite: One anthropology course (see individual course listings in the McGill Calendar for the prerequisites associated with each course, if specified) or permission of instructor.

    Course Topic/Syllabus
    ANTH 300 Comparative Anthropology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 301 Nomadic Pastoralists 3 Credits
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    ANTH 302 New Horizons in Medical Anth. 3 Credits
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    ANTH 303 Ethnogr. of Post-socialism 3 Credits
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    ANTH 304 Chinese Cult in Ethnogr & Film 3 Credits
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    ANTH 307 Andean Prehistory 3 Credits
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    ANTH 308 Political Anthropology 01 3 Credits
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    ANTH 311 Primate Behaviour and Ecology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 312 Zooarchaeology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 314 Psychological Anthropology 01 3 Credits
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    ANTH 317 Prehistory of North America 3 Credits
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    ANTH 318 Globalization and Religion 3 Credits
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    ANTH 319 Inka Arch. & Ethnohistory 3 Credits
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    ANTH 320 Social Evolution 3 Credits
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    ANTH 322 Social Change in Modern Africa 3 Credits
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    ANTH 323 Anthropology of Things 3 Credits
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    ANTH 325 Anthropology of the Self 3 Credits
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    ANTH 326 Anthropology of Latin America 3 Credits
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    ANTH 327 Peoples of South Asia 3 Credits
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    ANTH 329 Modern Chinese Society&Change 3 Credits
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    ANTH 330 Traditional Whaling Societies 3 Credits
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    ANTH 331 Prehistory of East Asia 3 Credits
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    ANTH 337 Mediterranean Soc & Culture 3 Credits
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    ANTH 338 Native Peoples of N America 3 Credits
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    ANTH 339 Ecological Anthropology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 340 Middle Eastern Society&Culture 3 Credits
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    ANTH 341 Women in Cross-Cultural Persp 3 Credits
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    ANTH 342 Gender, Inequality & the State 3 Credits
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    ANTH 343 Anthropology and the Animal 3 Credits
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    ANTH 344 Quant. Approaches to Anth. 3 Credits
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    ANTH 347 Paleolithic Cultures 3 Credits
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    350+ Level Courses (Core and Reading)

    Undergraduate Prerequisite: One anthropology course (see individual course listings in the McGill Calendar for the prerequisites associated with each course, if specified) or permission of instructor.  Reading courses are supervised by a member of the staff.

    Course Topic/Syllabus
    ANTH 352 Hist of Anthropological Theory 3 Credits
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    ANTH 355 Theories of Culture & Society 3 Credits
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    ANTH 357 Archaeological Methods 3 Credits
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    ANTH 358 The Process of Anthro Research 3 Credits
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    ANTH 359 Hist of Archaeological Theory 3 Credits
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    ANTH 360 Archaeology of Ancient China 3 Credits
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    ANTH 380 Special Topic 1 3 Credits
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    Topic Title:Mesoamerican Archaeology

    This course introduces students to the archaeological and ethnohistoric study of ancient Mesoamerican peoples, including the Aztecs, Maya, Olmecs, Tarascans, Teotihuacanos, Tlaxcaltecans, and their descendants who lived under Spanish colonial rule. After a brief culture-historical overview of the region, the course will highlight case studies illustrating varied theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of the Mesoamerican past. Topics covered will include gender and sexuality; household vs. state level economies, philosophies, and religious practices; ethnic identity and ethnic politics; war, conquest, imperialism, and colonialism; and subordination, class disparities, and the naturalization of inequality.

    New Course Fall 2015
    (CRN 1519)
    Instructor:
    Prof. Lisa Overholtzer
    email:
    lisa [dot] overholtzer [at] mcgill [dot] ca
    Date/Time:
    Mon/Wed 8:35-9:55 am
    Location:
    Arts Bldg., rm 260

    ANTH380_F15-syllabus
    ANTH 381 Special Topic 2 3 Credits
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    Topic Title: Archaeology, Museums, and Material Culture
     

    This course explores the role of material culture and specifically of archaeological objects in museums for narrating the past. It understands museums not merely as collections of things, but as social institutions that actively shape our understandings of the past. In collecting, classifying, and displaying objects, museums resemble historical archives that produce cultural knowledge of the past.

    Recognizing that museums can also be points of conflict over issues of representation, this course considers a variety of functions of museums that go well beyond preservation and education. Institutions of central importance in nation-building projects, we will see that museums can operate in highly exclusive ways by creating value, producing accounts of a shared national past, or appropriating local history. At the same time, as sites of heritage management, museums can play a crucial role in the safeguarding of cultural property, offering marginalized social groups means of identifying with and laying claims to their past.

    Finally, this course analyzes the changing practices of contemporary museums as they tackle issues of accessibility and community collaboration, often in response to outside challenges. In this context, we address ethical as well as legal questions, especially in regards to issues of repatriation, authority, and control. Recognizing that the ‘Western’ museum with its notions of authenticity and ownership is only one way of managing material culture and heritage, this course reviews alternative museum concepts, such as fragmentary museums, living museums, or digital museums.

    Goals and prerequisites:
    The goal of this course is for students to trace the historical development and political programs of museums, especially in North America. A series of hands-on exercises and practical assignments invite students to identify competing conceptualizations of the museum and to critically analyze museum exhibitions, including various approaches to the presentation of knowledge and to addressing a museum’s audience(s). This course integrates lecture segments, class discussion, and a number of practical assignments to be carried out in local museums (esp. the Redpath Museum). The prerequisite for this course is some background in archaeology or socio-cultural anthropology, that is, students should have completed a 200-level course in anthropology (such as ANTH 201 or ANTH 202). Students who are uncertain about whether they meet the requirements for this course should contact me.

    New Course Fall 2015
    (CRN 20796)
    Instructor:
    Dr. Maria Starzmann
    email: maria [dot] starzmann [at] mcgill [dot] ca
    Date/Time:
    Tues/Thurs 8:35-9:55 am
    Location:
    Arts Bldg., rm 150

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    ANTH 399 Archaeology of Japan and Korea 3 Credits
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    400 Level Courses (Advanced)

    Undergraduate Prerequisites: U2 anthropology students wishing to take advanced courses must see the course instructor.  If the instructor is on leave, permission from the student's department advisor is required. 
    U3 anthropology students registering for advanced courses must have completed at least two core courses (350 level) and one 300 level anthropology course (which may or may not be specified in the course listing).
    To enroll in any 480 or higher course, all available courses relevant to the chosen topic must be completed and the consent of the instructor, obtained.  These are reading courses supervised by a member of the staff.

    Course Topic/Syllabus
    ANTH 402 Topics in Ethnography 3 Credits
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    ANTH 403 Current Issues in Archaeology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 406 Great Debates in Ethnography 3 Credits
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    ANTH 407 Anthropology of the Body 3 Credits
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    ANTH 408 Sensory Ethnography 3 Credits
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    ANTH 411 Primate Studies & Conservation 3 Credits
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    ANTH 412 Topics:Anthropological Theory 3 Credits
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    Topic Title: The Anthropology of Infrastructure

    Course description: Infrastructure forms the basis of modern life. Networks and systems constitute the built environments in which we live, enable the circulation of goods, people, power, waste and ideas; and facilitate increasingly complex global flows. As technological development has become synonymous with notions of progress, modernity, and even civilization, the semantic significance of infrastructure is as important as its technical function. Railways and roads not only promote movement and flow; they also inspire commitment to the idea of advancement. As vehicles of aspiration and futurity, technological projects become affectively charged through this promise of access and recognition. This seminar explores recent anthropological literature on infrastructure and the particular rationalities that underlie it. Readings examine the social, economic and political implications of material forms; how "technopolitics" are deployed to control and organize people and space; and the imaginative investments infrastructural projects generate. We will also consider how anthropology––as a site-centered discipline––has approached the study of systems and networks, and the ethnographic challenges and possibilities it presents. Case studies are drawn from a broad range of geographic and historic contexts: the building of roads in Dutch colonial Indonesia; Soviet electricity provision; the advent of communication systems in Nigeria; the building of the Indian railway; and water politics in contemporary Mumbai.

    NEW COURSE Winter 2016
    (CRN 15939)
    Date/Time:
    Thursday: 2:30 - 5:30pm
    Location:
    Leacock Bldg., room 116

    Instructor:
    Prof. Diana Allan
    email:
    diana [dot] allan [at] mcgill [dot] ca
    ANTH 413 Gender in Archaeology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 416 Environment/Dev: Africa 3 Credits
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    ANTH 419 Archaeol of Hunter-Gatherers 3 Credits
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    ANTH 422 Contemp.Latin Amer Cult & Soc 3 Credits
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    ANTH 423 Mind, Brain & Psychopathology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 426 Immigration and Culture 3 Credits
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    ANTH 436 North American Native Peoples 3 Credits
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    ANTH 437 Historical Archaeology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 438 Topics in Medical Anthropology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 440 Cognitive Anthropology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 443 Medical Anthropological Theory 3 Credits
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    ANTH 451 Res in Society & Dev in Africa 3 Credits
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    ANTH 458 Archaeology of the Silk Roads 3 Credits
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    ANTH 460 Archaeological Field Studies 3 Credits
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    ANTH 461 Research Techniques 3 Credits
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    ANTH 480 Special Topic 5 3 Credits
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    ANTH 481 Special Topic 6 3 Credits
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    ANTH 490 Honours Thesis 6 Credits
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    ANTH 491 Joint Honours Thesis 3 Credits
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    ANTH 490D1 Honours Thesis 3 Credits
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    ANTH 490D2 Honours Thesis 3 Credits
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    ANTH 499 Internship: Anthropology 3 Credits
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    500 Level Courses (Advanced)

    Undergraduate Prerequisites: U2 anthropology students wishing to take advanced courses must see the course instructor.  If the instructor is on leave, permission from the student's department advisor is required. 
    U3 anthropology students registering for advanced courses must have completed at least two core courses (350 level) and one 300 level Anthropology course (which may or may not be specified in the course listing).

    Course Topic/Syllabus
    ANTH 500 Chinese Diversity & Diaspora 3 Credits
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    ANTH 501 Anthropology Beyond the Human 3 Credits
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    ANTH 502 Social Life of Death 3 Credits
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    ANTH 503 Production of the Past 3 Credits
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    ANTH 504 Environmental Archaeology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 511 Computational App. to Prehist. 3 Credits
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    ANTH 512 Political Ecology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 522 Issues in Biological Anthro 3 Credits
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    ANTH 540 Topics in Anthro. Theory 3 Credits
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    ANTH 551 Adv Topics: Archaeological Res 3 Credits
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    Topic Title:Current Advances in Archaeological Theory

    This course examines prominent intellectual trends and debates over the past quarter century within the discipline of archaeology. Topics covered will include the social turn and identity, including gender and sexuality, age, class, household, and ethnicity; theories of agency and practice; the material and ontological turns and relations between humans and nonhuman objects and beings; time in archaeology, specifically temporality and chronology; archaeology and the postcolonial critique; and issues concerning gender equity and gendered publishing practice within the discipline itself.

    New Course Fall 2015
    (CRN 11819)
    Instructor:
    Prof. Lisa Overholtzer
    email: lisa [dot] overholtzer [at] mcgill [dot] ca
    Date/Time:
    Monday 2:35-5:25 pm
    Location:
    Leacock Bldg., rm 738

    ANTH551_F15-syllabus
    ANTH 555 Advanced Topics in Ethnology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 575 Concepts of Race 3 Credits
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    600 Level Courses (Graduate)

    Note for Undergraduates: Honours Thesis courses are not open to Joint Honours students.  Students in Joint Honours should take 400 level "Special Topics" courses (3 credits each) for the thesis in consecutive terms, one in Anthropology and the other in the joint department.

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    ANTH 602 Theory 1 3 Credits
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    ANTH 603 Theory 2 3 Credits
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    ANTH 605 Culture Area 3 Credits
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    ANTH 607D1 Proseminar in Archaeology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 609 Proseminar in Anthropology 6 Credits
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    ANTH 610 Social Organization 3 Credits
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    ANTH 611 Research Design 3 Credits
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    ANTH 614 Economic Anthropology 1 3 Credits
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    ANTH 615 Sem in Medical Anthropology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 616 Political Anthropology 1 3 Credits
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    ANTH 631 Symbolic Anthropology 1 3 Credits
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    ANTH 634 Anthropology of Development 1 3 Credits
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    ANTH 635 Anthropology of Development 2 3 Credits
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    ANTH 640 Psychological Anthropology 1 3 Credits
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    ANTH 645 Anthropology, Mind & Brain 3 Credits
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    ANTH 648 Structural Anthropology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 650 Archaeology N China: Post-Han 3 Credits
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    ANTH 652 Course not available
    ANTH 660 Research Methods 3 Credits
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    ANTH 665 Quantitative Methods 3 Credits
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    ANTH 670 Archeological Theory 1 3 Credits
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    ANTH 671 Archeological Theory 2 3 Credits
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    ANTH 673 Archeological Field Methods 3 Credits
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    ANTH 678 Ethnohistory 3 Credits
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