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Cameron, Catherine M Professor

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  • Cameron works in the northern part of the prehistoric American Southwest focusing especially on the Chaco and post-Chaco eras (A.D. 900-1300). Her research interests include prehistoric population movement, the evolution of complex societies as understood through the study of regional social and political systems, methodology of social boundaries in the past, and prehistoric architecture. She has worked at the Bluff Great House, a Chacoan site and in nearby Comb Wash in southeastern Utah. Cameron currently investigates captives and slaves in small-scale societies and their role in prehistoric cultural transmission.

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  • southwestern archaeology, prehistoric demography, prehistoric social boundaries, evolution of complex societies, migration, slavery

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Teaching

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  • ANTH 2200 - The Archaeology of Human History
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Where do we come from? This course provides a brief introduction to the practice of archaeology and then emphasizes the evidence for major events/transitions in human history over the last 2.5 million years. Required for ANTH majors.
  • ANTH 4210 - Southwestern Archaeology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Explores the prehistory of the American Southwest from the earliest entry of humans into the area to the Spanish entrada. Focuses on important themes in cultural development: the adoption of agricultural strategies, sedentism, population aggregation, population movement, and social complexity. Recommended prerequisite: ANTH 2200. Same as ANTH 5210.
  • ANTH 5210 - Southwestern Archaeology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Explores the prehistory of the American Southwest from the earliest entry of humans into the area to the Spanish entrada. Focuses on important themes in cultural development: the adoption of agricultural strategies, sedentism, population aggregation, population movement, and social complexity. Same as ANTH 4210.

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