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Fall 2015
Paul Mullins

Every student will present one reading to the class (i.e., not the whole week's readings, just one selection).  Presenters should summarize the reading's main points, assess its strengths and weaknesses, and provide some initial ideas to guide the discussion.  All students will be prepared to participate in class discussions of the readings, so the presenter's duty is to begin that discussion.  You must prepare a Powerpoint on the reading to present in class.  You absolutely must pose at least three questions for the class at the end of the presentation.   

Readings are assigned on a voluntary basis:  if you do not volunteer to present one of the readings by August 31st, I will assign you to one at random that evening.  

Please pay very close attention to the reading for which you are volunteering to present.  The line ABOVE the reading indicates the person who is presenting that reading:  please do not get confused and prepare the wrong reading for class.

Aug. 31


Search the Past – Find the Present: The Value of Archaeology for Present-day Society (Cornelius Holtorf, Erfgoed Nederland, Amsterdam, 2010).


An Archaeological Fashion Show: How Archaeologists Dress and How they are Portrayed in the Media (Cornelius Holtorf, in Archaeology and the Media, Timothy Clack and Marcus Brittain, eds., pp. 69-88 [2009]).  Full-text on Ebrary

Sept. 14


Why Indigenous Archaeology is Important as a Means of Changing Relationships between Archaeologists and Indigenous Communities (Joe Watkins and George Nicholas, in Indigenous Heritage and Tourism: Theories and Practices on Utilizing the Ainu Heritage, eds. Mayumi Okada and Hirofumi Kato, pp. 141-151 [2014]).


The Messy Business of Archaeology as Participatory Local Knowledge: A Conversation Between the Stó:lō Nation and Knowle West (Angela Piccini and David M. Schaepe, Canadian Journal of Archaeology 38 (2) [2014]).

Sept. 21


Indigenous Archaeology and the Science Question (Robert Preucel, Archaeological Review from Cambridge 27(1):121-141 [2012]).


Ethics, Objectivity and Emancipatory Archaeology (Dean J. Saitta, In Archaeology and Capitalism, eds. Yannis Hamilakis and Philip Duke, pp.267-299 [2010]).

Sept. 28


Slavery, Liberation, and Emancipation: Constructing a Postcolonial Archaeology of the African Diaspora (Theresa Singleton, in Handbook of Postcolonial Archaeology, eds. Jane Lydon and Uzma Rizvi, pp.185-198 [2010]).  Full text on Ebrary  


A Historical Archaeology of Capitalism (Mark P. Leone, American Anthropologist, 97(2) [1995]:251-268).

Oct. 5


Excavating Tempelhof airfield: objects of memory and the politics of absence (Maria Theresia Starzmann, Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice 18(2):211-229 [2014]).


Sites of Contention: Archaeological Classification and Political Discourse in the US-Mexico Borderlands (Cameron Gokee and Jason DeLeón, Journal of Contemporary Archaeology 1(1) [2014]: 133-163).

Oct. 12


Race and Prosaic Materiality: The Archaeology of Contemporary Urban Space and the Invisible Colour Line (Paul Mullins, in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World, pp.508-521 [2013]).


Aunt Jemima Explained: The Old South, The Absent Mistress, and the Slave in a Box (Maurice M. Manring, Southern Cultures 2(1):19-44 [1995]). 

Oct. 26


“Painful Heritage”: Cultural landscapes of the Second World War in Norway: a new approach (Marek E. Jasinski, Marianne Neerland Soleim, and Leiv Sem, in Proceedings of the 10th Nordic TAG conference, eds. Ragnhild Berge, Marek E. Jasinski, and Kalle Sognnes, pp.263-273 [2012]).


“Grabe, Wo Du Stehst!”: An Archaeology of Perpetrators (Reinhard Bernbeck and Susan Pollock, In Archaeology and Capitalism, eds. Yannis Hamilakis and Philip Duke, pp.217-234 [2010]).     

Nov. 2


Excavating Memories: Archaeology and the Great War, 1914-2001 (Nicholas J. Saunders, Antiquity 76(291) [2002]:101-108.


The Contemporary Politics of Landscape at the Long Kesh/Maze Prison Site, Northern Ireland (Laura McAtackney, in Envisioning Landscape: Situations and Standpoints in Archaeology and Heritage, eds. Dan Hicks, Laura McAtackney, and Graham Fairclough, pp.18-54 [2007]).

Nov. 9


Let Heritage Die! The Ruins of Trams at Depot No. 5 in Wroclaw, Poland.  (Dawid Koblialka, Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, 1(2) [2014]:351-368).


Ruins (Gavin Lucas, in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World, pp.192-203 [2013]).

Nov. 16


“A Kind of Sacred Place”: The Rock-and-Roll Ruins of AIR Studios, Montserrat (John F. Cherry, Krysta Ryzewski, and Luke J. Pecoraro, in Archaeologies of Mobility and Movement, eds Mary C. Beaudry and Travis G. Parno, pp.181-198 [2013]).


The filth and the fury: 6 Denmark Street (London) and the Sex Pistols (Paul Graves-Brown and John Schofield, Antiquity 85(330) [2011]:1385-1401). Oncourse

Nov. 23


Social Values, Social Constraints and Material Culture: The Design of Contemporary Beer cans (Michael Shanks and Christopher Tilley, Re-constructing Archaeology: Theory and Practice).  Oncourse


Caring About Things (Bjřrnar Olsen, Michael Shanks, and Timothy Webmoor, Archaeology : The Discipline of Things, pp.1-16 [2012]).  Full-text on Ebrary.

Nov. 30


The Archaeology of Space Exploration (A.C. Gorman and Beth Laura O'Leary, in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World, pp.409-424 [2013]).


Material Animals: An Archaeology of Contemporary Zoo Experiences (Cornelius Holtorf, in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World, pp.627-641 [2013]).  Oncourse

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