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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 332: Greek and Roman Cities
Follows the development of urban centers in the Greco-Roman world from the Late Bronze Age through the Roman period. Topics include state formation, urban architecture and infrastructure, public and private buildings and monuments, and social dynamics of urban culture.
CAS AR 337: The Wine Dark Sea: Material Culture and Identity in the World of Homer
This course examines the interconnected cultures of the eastern Mediterranean from the Late Bronze Age (c. 1400-1200 BCE) through the Achaemenid period (c. 5-4th C. BCE), with a focus on the material correlates of identity.
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 341: Archaeology of Mesopotamia
An overview of the core area of the ancient Near East from the introduction of agriculture to the Hellenistic era. Emphasis on the genesis of urban society and its transformation under the Sumerians, Babylonians, Assyrians, and Persians.
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 Moslem conquests (c. 1200 BCE -- 640 CE) to learn how material evidence created and still plays a role in a larger historical drama.
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.
CAS AR 346: Seminar: The Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AR 232.
Examines the prehistoric and early historical origins of ancient Egyptian civilization, major institutions of the culture, and culture changes through time. Topics studied include changing socio-political organization, demography and the economic system, and beliefs/religion.
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 BC - AD 1500).
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 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 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 393: Out of the Fiery Furnace: Early Metallurgy of the Pre-industrial World
Examination of the varying development and impact of metallurgy in ancient and pre-industrial societies, considering technical issues of mining, smelting, casting, and finishing, as well as the changing ritual, military, social, and economic roles that this technology fulfilled.
CAS AR 396: Cultural Heritage and Diplomacy
Considers the place of heritage in archaeology and cultural diplomacy; art and architecture as cultural ambassadors; culture representation in museums and cultural landscapes; international art law; cultural affairs in U.S. embassies; the State Department; strategic impact of heritage in promoting U.S. foreign policy. Also offered as CAS IR 396.
CAS AR 401: Senior Independent Work
Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of Honors Committee.
CAS AR 402: Senior Independent Work
Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of Honors Committee.
CAS AR 430: The End of Days: Analyzing Collapse in Complex Societies
Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
Seminar on the archaeology, anthropology, mythology, and history of collapse in complex societies. Provides students with an in-depth understanding of major issues and challenges in studying the dissolution and reformulation of complex societies in the ancient world.
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 451: Seminar: Mesoamerican Archaeology
Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing and one or more of the following: CASAR222, CASAR250, CASAR251, CASAR322, CASAR323, CASAR353; or consent of instructor.
Advanced seminar covering major events and processes of the Mesoamerican culture region. Topics vary by semester, but may include issues such as early villages, urbanization, state formation, households, religion, economy and exchange, and the Spanish conquest and early colonialism. Topic for Spring 2013: Urbanization and Religion in Highland Mexico.