Courses

  • GRS AR 735: 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 GRS RN 790.
  • GRS AR 738: 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.
  • GRS AR 742: Archaeology in the Holy Land
    In Israel, archaeology is part of current events. We study material remains from the Israelite to the Muslim conquests (c. 1200 BCE -- 640 CE) to learn how physical evidence is created and still plays a role in a larger historical drama. Also offered as GRS RN 690.
  • GRS AR 743: 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.
  • GRS AR 747: Egypt and Northeast Africa: Early States in Egypt, Nubia, and Eritrea/Ethiopia
    Comparative analyses of early states in Egypt and northeast Africa, with a focus on socioeconomic institutions, kingship, burial practices, and religions, utilizing archaeological as well as textual evidence.
  • GRS AR 751: Seminar: Mesoamerican Archaeology
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing.
    Seminar focused on the archaeology of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica (much of modern Mexico and Central America) and intended to provide students with an in-depth understanding of major issues in studying the Mesoamerican past, with relative emphases changing by semester.
  • GRS AR 770: New World Historical Archaeology: Colonial America
    Seminar in material culture of the people who colonized North America. Architecture, artifacts, and a variety of sites -- domestic, military, commercial, sepulchral -- are studied. Uses of archival evidence as factual and ethnographic documentation for archaeological interpretation are discussed.
  • GRS AR 771: New World Historical Archaeology: Postcolonial America
    Seminar in the archaeological study of America since the Revolution. Focus is on the archaeological and artifactual evidence for the development of plantation systems and slavery, industrial and urban centers, ethnicity, and modern popular culture.
  • GRS AR 782: Zooarchaeology
    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. Lecture and lab.
  • GRS AR 790: 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.
  • GRS AR 802: Paleoethnobotany
    Seminar introducing the method and theory of using evidence from the archaeological record to study the uses of plants by humans, the relationship between humans and their environment, and the relationship between the environment and the archaeological record. Laboratory sessions concentrate on identification methods and include a project. Lecture and Lab.
  • GRS AR 808: Survey and Landscape Archaeology
    Seminar tracing the development of survey and landscape archaeology and their impact on understandings of the social, political, economic, and religious environments of ancients cultures. Weekly discussions and presentations cover a sample of methodological and interpretive approaches.
  • GRS AR 891: Contemporary Theory in Archaeology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: GRS AR 701.
    Explores aspects of contemporary theory in archaeology, including post-modern critiques of contemporary practice, new approaches to archaeology of ritual, personhood, identity, and the body; indigenous and public archaeology; and politics and archaeology. Cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title previously numbered GRS AR 702.
  • GRS AR 892: Archaeological Ethics and Law
    Students examine archaeology and professional ethics; 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; cultural resource management in the United States. Cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title previously numbered GRS AR 780.
  • GRS AR 893: World Archaeology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: graduate standing or consent of instructor.
    This seminar takes an explicitly comparative approach to addressing questions concerning the origins of and variability in human culture viewed through a review of worldwide archaeological literature.(Program core course)
  • GRS AR 894: Scientific Applications In Archaeology
    Seminar exploring new ways of addressing archaeological questions through the application of scientific techniques, focusing on cutting-edge methodologies and the most recent literature in the field. Students pursue questions of individual interest through readings, discussions, presentations, and research papers. (Program core course) Cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same title previously numbered GRS AR 707.
  • GRS AS 699: Teaching College Astronomy I
    The goals, contents, and methods of instruction in astronomy. General teaching-learning issues. Required of all teaching fellows.
  • GRS AS 701: Introduction to Astrophysics
    Introduction to astronomical and astrophysical nomenclature and concepts. Coordinate systems, celestial orbits, radiation, stars, stellar structure, stellar evolution, clusters of stars, galactic components, galactic structure, galaxy types, active galaxies, cosmology.
  • GRS AS 703: Introduction to Space Physics
    Survey of physical phenomena in the sun, solar wind, magnetospheres, ionospheres, and upper atmospheres of objects in the solar system. Introduction to the physical processes governing space plasmas, solar-terrestrial interactions, and ionized and neutral media surrounding the Earth and other solar system bodies.
  • GRS AS 710: Observational Techniques
    Telescopes, light detection, and analysis tools and techniques of experimental astronomy. Signal-to-noise calculations. Photometric and spectroscopic instrumentation and applications. Use of the observatory, CCD light detectors, modern software analysis tools, image processing. Proposal writing and science writing.