ANTHRO1190: The Invasion of America: The Anthropology of American Encounters, 1492-1830





Matt Liebmann
Fall 2019, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00-1:15pm

In 1492 Native Americans discovered Europeans, changing the world forever. The European invasion of the Americas triggered demographic, economic, and ecological changes on an unprecedented scale. The subsequent movement of plants, animals, and goods prompted global shifts in population, exploitation of resources, and the transformation of environments on both sides of the Atlantic. What can archaeology tell us about early encounters between Native Americans and Europeans? Why did the European conquest of the Americas play out as it did? This course investigates these questions through the sites where first contacts occurred, the objects exchanged by Native peoples and colonists, and the scars that remain in the ground. Through investigations of first contacts, Indigenous politics, disease epidemics, Native rebellions, and ecological changes, Anthropology 1190 presents a sweeping continent-wide treatment of the historical archaeology of Native Americans between 1492-1800.

See also: Fall 2019