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  • CAS AR 100: Great Discoveries in Archaeology
    Illustrated lectures focus on the important discoveries of the discipline of archaeology. Course covers the whole of human prehistory and history around the world. Archaeological methods are described, along with the great ancient sites: Olduvai, Lascaux, Stonehenge, Egyptian pyramids, Machu Picchu, etc. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS AR 101: Introduction to Archaeology
    Theory, methods, and aims of prehistoric and historical archaeology in the Old and New Worlds. Excavation and recovery of archaeological data; dating techniques; interpretation of finds; relation of archaeology to history and other disciplines. Examination of several Old and New World cultures. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS AR 200: Heritage Matters: Introduction to Heritage Management
    Protection and management of archaeological heritage, including sites, artifacts, and monuments. Survey of heritage values and stakeholders. Issues covered include cultural policy and legislation, U.S. preservation system, international efforts, indigenous perspectives, looting, repatriation, underwater heritage, and heritage at war. Carries social sciences divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS AR 201: Americas Before Columbus
    An introduction to the archaeology and civilizations of pre-Columbian Americas. Topics progress chronologically as well as comparatively, with cases drawn from Native American cultures of North America, Mesoamerica, and South America.
  • CAS AR 205: Origins of Civilization
    The comparison of origins and institutions of civilizations in the Old and New Worlds, including the first state-organized societies of Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus Valley, China, Mesoamerica, and Peru. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS AR 206: Ancient Technology
    Traces the related evolution of technology and culture over the first million years of human existence. Case studies focus on the interaction between early technology and social structure, values, and institutions. Lectures and hands-on experience with ceramics, stone, and metallurgy.
  • CAS AR 208: Lost Languages and Decipherments
    An overview of the archaeology of writing focusing on modern decipherments of ancient texts. Related topics include characteristics of the world's major language families, the nature of linguistic change, and the origin and history of the alphabet.
  • CAS AR 209: The Near Eastern Bronze Age
    Examines the wealth and power of the ancient Near East and Egypt during the middle and late Bronze Age. Topics include the establishment of power, long distance exchange and interaction, ethnicity, architecture, and environmental and ecological factors affecting the civilizations.
  • CAS AR 210: Minoan and Mycenaean Civilizations
    Traces the rise and fall of the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations from their Stone Age roots to the end of the Bronze Age. Subjects include art, architecture, economic, social, political, and religious characteristics, and theoretical explanations of cultural change.
  • CAS AR 215: The Contested Past
    Examination of the diverse and often conflicting values associated with archaeological objects, ancient monuments, and cultural sites. Case studies (including the Elgin Marbles) highlight contemporary controversies over ownership, appropriation, use, and abuse of the material remains of the past.
  • CAS AR 222: Art and Architecture of Ancient America
    Introduction to the cities, monuments, and major art styles of the Aztec, the Maya, the Inca, and their predecessors in ancient Mesoamerica and the Andes from the first millennium BCE to the sixteenth century.
  • CAS AR 230: Introduction to Greek & Roman Archaeology
    How material remains help us understand aspects of Ancient Greek and Roman cultures in their historical development: religious and civic spaces; the culture of affluence; imperial identity; and the transformations that mark the end of classical antiquity. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS AR 232: Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
    The technology, economy, social life, political organization, religions, art, and architecture of Egypt from Predynastic times through the Hellenistic period, based on archaeological and historical sources. Emphasis on the period of the pharaohs (ca. 3000-323 BCE). Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. Also offered as CAS AH 232.
  • CAS AR 240: Archaeology of Ancient China
    Examines the archaeology of ancient China from the Neolithic through the Bronze Age (7000 to 221 BCE) with particular attention to the interactions between technology and the acquisition of political, religious, and social power.
  • CAS AR 251: Ancient Maya Civilization
    A survey of current knowledge and scholarship about the Maya civilization, which flourished in Central America between 250-900 CE, its earlier beginnings and subsequent collapse, and aspects of its economic and social basis and artistic and intellectual achievements.
  • 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.
  • CAS AR 290: Human Impacts on Ancient Environments
    Examination of human impacts on the global landscape over the past 10,000 years through migration,hunting, disease, agriculture, and other cultural activities; implications for contemporary and future resource management and environmental policy.
  • 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 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 343: Anatolian Archaeology
    A historically-oriented survey of the material remains of the ancient cultures of Turkey and northwest Iran from the Neolithic to the Hellenistic period. Emphasis is on the Hittite Empire and civilizations that succeeded it in the first millennium BCE.