William Honeychurch

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Associate Professor of Anthropology; DUS, Anthropology
On leave: 
Fall 2022
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 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