ARCH 3594: Archaeology of Sport
ARCH 3594, Archaeology of Sport: surveys the rich global archaeological record of past sporting practices. While sports associated with Classical Mediterranean civilizations have been well-described by Classics scholars, archaeology hints at a much wider – indeed, cross-culturally universal - record of sports and athletic games. Archaeologists themselves have been slow to consider this evidence but an archaeology of sport is beginning to emerge as a vibrant subfield.
ARCH 3594 explores the full human record of sport, beginning with the emergence of a modern human body equipped for running and other forms of athleticism, and exploring the evidence – sporting equipment, competition venues, artistic depictions, skeletal traces and more - from diverse times and places.
Some of the topics we will explore include:
- evolution of athletic physiology
- bioarchaeological traces of sport
- playing facilities (stadia, courts, tracks etc.)
- animal sports (chariot racing, falconry, cockfighting, etc.)
- sporting equipment
- ethnoarchaeology of sport
- sport and society
- sporting landscapes (including one cutting through the heart of St. John’s)
Time: TR 2:00-3:15pm
Prerequisite: ARCH 1030 or permission of instructor
Instructor: Peter Whitridge, email@example.com