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  • 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 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 353: Urbanism in Ancient Mesoamerica
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AR 100 or CAS AR 101; or consent of instructor.
    Comparative study of ancient Mesoamerican cities, including the Aztecs, Maya, and their predecessors, focusing on urban functions, cosmological symbolism, and development over time (ca. 1000 BCE - 1500 CE).
  • CAS AR 381: Introduction to Paleoethnobotany: Plants and Ancient Man
    Introduces the method and theory of the study through archaeological evidence of the uses of plants by humans. Highlights the relationship between humans and their environment and between the environment and the archaeological record. Laboratory sessions concentrate on identification.
  • CAS AR 382: Zooarchaeology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AR 101.
    Introduction to archaeological analysis of animal bones. Provides a basis for the use of faunal remains in the investigation of paleoecology, analysis of archaeological formation histories, and techniques for interpreting human subsistence activities.
  • 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 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 504: Preserving World Heritage: Principles and Practice
    Examines fundamental issues in preservation and management of World Heritage sites. Topics include implementation of UNESCO's Conventions, Recommendations, and Charters; selection and evaluation of cultural properties for inscription as World Heritage sites; and their protection from natural and human threats.
  • 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 507: Lay of the Land: Surface and Subsurface Mapping in Archaeology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AR 100; or (CASAR101) and (CASAR307); or consent of instructor. CASAR505) and/or (CASAR506) encouraged.
    This course integrates classroom, lab, and field instruction to provide students with understanding and practical field skills in archaeological surface and subsurface mapping. Coverage includes point-based surveying, ground-based and photogrammetric surface modeling, aerial image digitization, and archaeogeophysical prospection.
  • CAS AR 509: Geoarchaeology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AR 101 and CAS AR 307; or consent of instructor.
    Graduate Prerequisites: CAS AR 101 and CAS AR 102; or equivalent.
    Lecture/laboratory course illustrating the use of geological concepts and methods in the study of archaeological problems. Topics include: stratigraphy and stratigraphic principles, geological environments and earth-surface processes, anthropogenic sediments, archaeological materials and their analysis, and the formation of archaeological sites. Field trips in the Boston area.
  • 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 534: Seminar in Roman Art
    In-depth examination of varying topics in the study of Roman art and architecture. Topic for Fall 2015: Pompeii. A focus on what is probably the most famous ancient Roman site in the world--Pompeii--and on the other towns buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in August 79 CE. Also offered as CAS AH 534.
  • CAS AR 551: Studies in Mesoamerican Archaeology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the Guatemala Archaeology Program.
    Analysis of major events and processes of the Mesoamerican area. Topics include rise of towns, temples, and urbanism; the origin of state; and the development of empires.
  • CAS AR 556: Archaeological Field Research
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the Guatemala Archaeology Program.
    Supervised original research in excavation, survey, or field laboratory situation, as part of field study program.
  • CAS AR 577: Pots and Pans: The Material Culture of Cookery & Dining
    Exploration of food cultures and technologies through utensils for food preparation and consumption; kitchens from prehistory to present; tradition and fashion in cooking and dining vessels; cooking technology; utensils as metaphors and symbols. Ranges broadly across cultures, time, and space.