William Honeychurch

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Associate Professor of Anthropology; DUS, Anthropology
51 Hillhouse Ave, Room 305, New Haven, CT 06511
Areas of interest : 
Asian Archaeology; Development of Complex Polities; Nomadic States and Empires; Monumental Landscapes; Mongolia
Transregional, Mongolia


ANTH 326, ARCG 326

Ancient Civilizations of the Eurasian Steppes

Examination of peoples of the steppe zone that stretches from Eastern Europe to Mongolia. Overview of what archaeologists know about Eurasian steppe societies, with emphasis on the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron, and medieval ages. Attention both to material culture and to historical sources. Topics range from the domestication of the horse to Genghis Khan’s world empire, including the impact these events had on neighboring civilizations in Europe and Asia.

Term: Spring 2023
Day/Time: F 3:30 PM - 5:20 PM
ANTH 726, ARCG 726

Ancient Civilizations of the Eurasian Steppes

Peoples of the steppe zone, stretching from Eastern Europe to Mongolia, have played a pivotal role in Old World prehistory, though much about their societies and lifeways is still shrouded in mystery. The archaeology of this macro-region has developed rapidly since the 1990s, and this course presents an overview of major topics and debates in the region based on what archaeologists currently know about Eurasian steppe societies of the past.

Term: Spring 2023
Day/Time: F 3:30 PM - 5:20 PM
ANTH 736, ARCG 736

Advanced Topics in Asian Archaeology

This seminar reviews the archaeology of Asia of the Pleistocene and Holocene epochs with emphasis on East, Southeast, and South Asia. Asian archaeology remains little known to most Western researchers, although some of the earliest hominid remains and some of the most powerful states are found in that part of the world. The course emphasizes the particularities of Asian cultural sequences, while illustrating how processes in these sequences compare to those found elsewhere in the world. The diverse Asian record provides a basis for refining key concepts in anthropological archaeology, including domestication, inequality and hierarchy, heterarchy, and complexity. Topics to be covered include history and theory in Asian archaeology; the Pleistocene and paleolithic record of Asia; origins of plant and animal domestication; early farming communities; models of complexity; and early states and empires.

Term: Spring 2022
Day/Time: HTBA