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  • CAS AR 270: New World Rediscovery: Archaeology of the Age of Exploration
    Archaeological evidence for Columbus's voyage and its aftermath. Topics include coastal exploration, early settlement, and cultural contacts between Europeans and native Americans. Evidence from both land and underwater excavations.
  • CAS AR 273: Archaeology of the Viking Age
    Archaeological evidence of Viking life and culture. Topics include home life, ships and shipbuilding, trade, warfare, religion, art, colonization; detailed examination of major terrestrial and underwater archaeological excavations in Europe, Greenland, and North America.
  • CAS AR 280: Eating and Drinking in the Ancient World
    A survey of the archaeological evidence of the food, diet, and nutrition of hunter/gatherers and the changes brought about by the development of farming. Emphasis on the remains of plants, animals, and humans and what they tell us about ancient food. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS AR 283: North American Archaeology
    North American prehistory from initial peopling of continent to development of complex societies. Explores human entry into the New World; migration across North America; subsistence changes; human effects on landscape; encounters with Europeans; role of archaeology in contemporary native cultures. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS AR 307: Archaeological Science
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AR 101; or consent of instructor.
    Application of natural sciences, as an integral part of modern archaeology, to issues of dating, reconstructing past environments and diets, and analysis of mineral and biological remains. Laboratories concentrate on biological, geological, physical, and chemical approaches.
  • CAS AR 308: Archaeological Research Design and Materials Analysis
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AR 100 and CAS AR 101; ; or consent of the instructor.
    This laboratory-driven course engages students in independent research design and the hands-on analysis of archaeological materials. The course provides a foundation in the integration of theory, research design, and analytical methods through laboratory sessions where students work with archaeological materials.
  • CAS AR 330: Greek Archaeology
    Archaeology in Greek lands from the Iron Age to the first century BC; aims and methods of Classical archaeology; correlations with anthropology, art history, history, and literature.
  • CAS AR 338: Mare Nostrum: Material Culture and Identity after Alexander
    This course examines the interconnected cultures of the Eastern Mediterranean from the era of Alexander the Great (4th century BCE) through the Roman emperors period (c. 2nd-3rd centuries CE), with a focus on the material correlates of the identity.
  • CAS AR 342: Archaeology in the Holy Land
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: sophomore, junior, or senior standing.
    In Israel, archaeology is part of current events. The study of remains from the Israelite to the Muslim conquests (c. 1200 BCE -- 640 CE) to learn how material evidence created and still plays a role in a larger historical drama. Also offered as CAS RN 390.
  • CAS AR 347: Egypt and Northeast Africa: Early States in Egypt, Nubia, and Eritrea/Ethiopia
    Focuses on early states in northeast Africa, in Egypt, Nubia, and Eritrea/Ethiopia. Comparative analyses include socioeconomic institutions, kingship, burial practices, and religions of these early states, concentrating on archaeological as well as textual evidence.
  • CAS AR 370: Archaeology of Colonial America
    Introduction to the archaeology of American life in the colonial period. A consideration of the material culture of early America, including architecture, artifacts, complete sites, and the use of archaeology to confirm or modify the written record.
  • CAS AR 390: The Archaeology of Southeast Asia
    Examines the prehistoric and historic cultures of Southeast Asia, including the first arrival of humans, regional Neolithic and Bronze Age communities, early states, maritime trading networks, as well as political motivations in archaeology and the illicit antiquities trade.
  • CAS AR 450: Methods and Theory of Archaeology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: at least two archaeological studies courses at 200 level or above, senior status, or consent of instructor.
    An interdisciplinary course dealing with field and laboratory techniques, research methods, concepts and problems in archaeological theory, and formulation of research designs.
  • CAS AR 480: Archaeological Ethics and the Law
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    Ethical and legal issues for archaeologists. Topics include archaeology as a public interest; legal organization of archaeology; international approaches to heritage management; looting, collecting, and the antiquities market; maritime law and underwater archaeology; and cultural resource management in the United States.
  • CAS AR 500: Public Archaeology in the United States
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: graduate student standing or Archaeology major/minor with junior standing, or consent of instructor.
    Introduction to the practice of public archaeology in the United States: historical and legal background; federal, state, and local programs; archaeology and Native Americans; contract archaeology; survey, evaluation, and mitigation projects; professional employment in U.S. cultural resource management. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course entitled "U.S. Archaeological Heritage Management" that was previously numbered GRS AR 805.
  • CAS AR 503: Archaeological Field Methods: Survey and Excavation
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AR 101 and CAS AR 102; and admission to the Guatemala Archaeology Program.
    An interdisciplinary course dealing with field and laboratory techniques, research methods, concepts and problems in archaeological theory, and formulation of research designs.
  • CAS AR 506: Regional Archaeology and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: two archaeology courses or consent of instructor.
    Graduate Prerequisites: two archaeology courses or consent of instructor.
    Use of advanced computer (GIS) techniques to address regional archaeological problems.This applied course examines digital encoding and manipulation of archaeological and environmental data, and methods for testing hypotheses, analyzing, and modeling the archaeological record.
  • CAS AR 510: Proposal Writing for Social Science Research
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: admission to AR Honors Program or advanced undergraduate standing with consent of instructor.
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate student standing in the social sciences or humanities.
    The purpose of this course is to turn students' intellectual interests into answerable, field-based research questions. The goal is the production of a project proposal for future research. Also offered as CAS AN 510.
  • CAS AR 516: Paleoethnobotany
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AR 101; or consent of instructor.
    Introduces the theory and method of the study of archaeological plant remains and basic botanical and ecological concepts. Highlights relationships between people and environments and the roles of plants in past societies. Laboratory sessions concentrate on quantitative analysis.
  • CAS AR 518: Zooarchaeology
    Introduction to the study of archaeological animal bones. Provides theoretical background and methodological skills necessary for interpreting past human-animal interactions, subsistence, and paleoecology. Laboratory sections focus on skeletal identification.