Archaeology

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  • 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 348: Gods, Graves and Pyramids: Ancient Egyptian Religion and Ritual
    This course provides an understanding of the beliefs of the ancient Egyptians, based on a synthesis of the data: archaeological, architectural, and textual.
  • 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 371: Archaeology of Postcolonial America
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: none.
    The archaeology of America from the Revolution to the present. Deals with the social history, industry, and material culture of recent and modern Americans.
  • 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 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 435: Topics in the Materiality of Ancient Mediterranean Religions
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: prior coursework in archaeology or ancient religions, or consent of instructor.
    Investigates material traces and contexts of religion in the Greco-Roman world, including iconic, architectural, votive, magical, and other archaeological remains; and draws on theories of space, image, and ritual performance. Topics vary. Also offered as CAS RN 490.
  • CAS AR 438: Seminar: Pompeii
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; or consent of instructor.
    An in-depth study of Pompeii and the other towns buried by Mount Vesuvius. All aspects of the Vesuvian cities are examined, including urban planning and public architecture, private domestic and funerary architecture, mural painting, mosaics, and sculpture. Also offered as CAS AH 438.
  • 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 491: Directed Study in Archaeology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: concentrator in department, junior or senior standing, consent of instructor, and approval of the Academic Advising Center.
    Individual instruction and directed research in archaeology.
  • CAS AR 492: Directed Study in Archaeology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: concentrator in department, junior or senior standing, consent of instructor, and approval of the Academic Advising Center.
    Individual instruction and directed research in archaeology.
  • 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 505: Remote Sensing and Archaeology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: two archaeology courses or consent of instructor.
    Graduate Prerequisites: two archeology courses or consent of instructor.
    Lecture/laboratory course introducing students to applications of remote sensing in archaeology. Students learn a variety of geophysical survey methods as well as multispectral image analysis. Topics include the use of remotely sensed data for regional analysis, the discovery and mapping of buried archaeological features, and computer analysis of multispectral data.
  • 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.