Erin McGuire

ANTH 361 – The Archaeology of Medieval Europe

Course Description

Introduction to the theory and practice of medieval archaeology, illustrated through case studies and experiential learning. Explores a range of themes including status, gender, technology, religion, and daily life.

When we think of the Middle Ages we tend to think of lords and peasants, warriors and fair maidens, and castles and hovels. It is an image of the striking social inequalities that has come to us through the literature and history associated with the period. The reality of the Middle Ages was far more complicated. In this course, we will critique some common myths and assumptions about the Middle Ages by exploring a range of themes relating to status, gender, ethnicity, technology, and daily life.