Recent Courses

Approaches to the Archeological Record ANTH 3023 (Occasional Spring)
Study of the field of archeology including method, theory, analysis and interpretation with substantive worldwide examples.

Indians of Arkansas and the South ANTH 3263 (Even Springs)
Study of the traditional lifeways and prehistoric backgrounds of Indians living in the Southern United States, including Arkansas.

Cultural Resource Management ANTH 4443/5443 (Odd Springs)
Taught every other spring semester beginning in 2015, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.  Concentrated discussion of management problems relative to cultural resources, including review and interpretation of relevant federal legislation, research vs. planning needs, public involvement and sponsor planning, and assessment of resources relative to scientific needs.


Historical Archeology: ANTH 4903/5903 (Odd Springs)
Review of the development of historical archeology and discussion of contemporary theory, methods, and substantive issues. Lab sessions on historic artifact identification and analysis. Open to graduate students and advanced undergraduate majors.

Ethnographic Approaches to the Past ANTH 4813/5813 (Even Springs)
Review of the uses of ethnographic data in the reconstruction and interpretation of past cultures and cultural processes, with particular emphasis on the relationships between modern theories of culture and archeological interpretation.

Archeological Method and Theory ANTH 5203 (Occasional Fall)
A graduate-level core survey of the nature and history of archeology; recent theories and practical implications and applications of various methods of acquiring, analyzing, and interpreting archeological data.

Archeological Field Session ANTH 4256 (Occasional Summer)
Practical field and laboratory experiences in archeological research. May be repeated for 12 hours.


Dr. Brandon teaching “Approaches to Archeology” (ANTH 3023), Spring 2016.

Other Courses Taught

  • Anthropology of North American Indians: SOC/HIST/ANTH 3143
    Taught every spring from 2006-2014, Southern Arkansas University. The archeology, ethnology, and history of North American Indians from the time of their arrival on this continent to the present century.
  • General Anthropology: SOC/ANTH 1003
    Taught every spring from 2006-2014, Southern Arkansas University. An introduction to anthropology, the study of culture and man in all times and all places. Major topics are the concept of culture and various aspects of culture such as language, social organization, economy, technology, and religion as they appear in traditional and modern societies.
  • Anthropology of Popular Culture: SOC/ANTH 4133/4233
    Last taught Spring 2011, Southern Arkansas University. What we can learn about society and the past through the anthropological analysis of popular culture? We will consider the extent to which popular culture provides its users with more than simply a means of interpreting social life. Rather, we will attend to the ways in which it provides a means of reproducing and changing society. We will analyze ‘texts’ including, but not limited to, songs, movies, TV-shows, meals, vitamin supplements and poems. We will consider these texts in terms of what work they perform in society. What does popular culture do? In answering this question, we will develop an approach that integrates production, reception, and interpretation.
  • Archeology of the Trans-Mississippi South: ANTH 500V
    Last taught Fall 2008, University of Arkansas. Graduate seminar and reading course outlining the important contributions to the archeology of southern Arkansas, southeastern Oklahoma, northwestern Louisiana and east Texas. Discussions include a historical understanding of the development of the current culture chronology and the theoretical underpinnings of its creation as well as possible future directions for inquiry. Open to graduate students with instructor’s permission (also taught Fall 2007).
  • Public History/Museum Internship (HIST 4923):
    Last taught Fall 2010, Southern Arkansas University. Prerequisite: Senior standing and consent of department chair and instructor. This course provides a structured field experience in the work of public history. Students will be placed as interns with appropriate private or public agencies (such as museums, state parks, or other programs) that have the mission of researching and presenting history for display to the public.
  • Honors Introduction to Cultural Anthropology: ANTH 1023H
    Fall 2005, University of Arkansas. An honors-level introduction to the study of recent and contemporary human societies in cross-cultural perspective.
  • Laboratory Methods in Archeology: ANTH 4353
    Last taught Spring 2005, University of Arkansas. Theory and practice of describing, analyzing, and reporting upon archeological materials. Open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates.
  • Arkansas Archeology: ANTH 1049/XTXC 1049
    Last taught Spring 2006, NorthWest Arkansas Community College, College at the Crossings. An introduction to prehistoric cultures of Arkansas and adjacent regions–along with a brief history of archeology in the state.
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology: ANTH 1023
    Last taught Spring 2005, NorthWest Arkansas Community College. An introduction to the study of recent and contemporary human societies in cross-cultural perspective.
  • Introduction to Archeology: ANTH 1033
    Last taught Spring 2004, NorthWest Arkansas Community College. An introduction to the field of archeology including an overview of world prehistory, archeological methods and case studies in archeological research.
  • Field Archeology- North Texas: ANT f662
    Summer 2002, University of Texas at Austin. Two hundred forty hours of fieldwork. Offered in the summer session only. Prerequisite: Anthropology 462M or the equivalent, one geographic area course in archeology, a major in anthropology or archaeology, or consent of instructor.
  • Introduction to Archeological Studies I: ANT 304
    Fall 1999, University of Texas at Austin. Anthropological study of prehistory, from human beginnings to the appearance of written records. Three lecture hours or two lecture hours and one discussion hour a week for one semester.

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