Archaeologies of Empire

Advanced Seminar

May 7–11, 2017

Archaeologies of EmpireArchaeologies of EmpireCo-chairs: Anna Boozer, Bleda Düring, Bradley J. Parker.Archaeologies of EmpireCo-chairs: Anna Boozer, Bleda Düring, Bradley J. Parker.

One of the most enduring problems for the study of ancient empires is the fact that material correlates indicative of imperial integration are often difficult to define in the archaeological record. This situation results in part from two factors that distinguish empires from other less complex political formations. First, the structures that integrate otherwise diverse areas into a single imperial system vary considerably, and second, such systems are often superimposed over existing socio-political structures. In spite of this, previous approaches to the archaeology of empire tend to conflate their archaeological diversity by characterizing them in classificatory terms rather than seeing them as internally heterogeneous, dynamic, and often poorly integrated polities. This seminar brings together a new generation of scholars to explore the ways in which archaeological methodologies reveal the diverse, multifaceted, complex polities we call empires.

Videography by José Cruzado.

Generous support provided by the Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Foundation.

Anna Boozer, Chair Assistant Professor, Department of History, Baruch College, CUNY
Bleda Düring, Chair Associate Professor, Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University, The Netherlands
Bradley J. Parker, Chair Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Utah
Sonia Alconini Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at San Antonio
Susan Helft Visiting Professor, Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Bryn Mawr College
Peri Johnson Research Affiliate, School of Art & Art History, University of Illinois, Chicago
Stuart Tyson Smith Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara
Patrick Ryan Williams Associate Curator and Head, Department of Anthropology, The Field Museum
Alice Yao Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago

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