Archaeology

  • CAS AR 500: Public Archaeology in the United States
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: graduate student standing or Archaeology major/minor with junior standing, or consent of instructor.
    Introduction to the practice of public archaeology in the United States: historical and legal background; federal, state, and local programs; archaeology and Native Americans; contract archaeology; survey, evaluation, and mitigation projects; professional employment in U.S. cultural resource management. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course entitled "U.S. Archaeological Heritage Management" that was previously numbered GRS AR 805.
  • 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 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 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 516: Paleoethnobotany
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AR 101; or consent of instructor.
    Introduces the theory and method of the study of archaeological plant remains and basic botanical and ecological concepts. Highlights relationships between people and environments and the roles of plants in past societies. Laboratory sessions concentrate on quantitative analysis.
  • CAS AR 518: Zooarchaeology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AR 101.
    Introduction to the study of archaeological animal bones. Provides theoretical background and methodological skills necessary for interpreting past human-animal interactions, subsistence, and paleoecology. Laboratory sections focus on skeletal identification.
  • CAS AR 534: Seminar in Roman Art
    In-depth examination of varying topics in the study of Roman art and architecture. Topic for Fall 2017: Pompeii. Art and life in Pompeii and the other cities buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Urban planning; civic, religious, and domestic architecture; tombs; mural painting; mosaics; sculpture; minor arts; and the history of the excavations. Also offered as CAS AH 534.
  • CAS AR 551: Studies in Mesoamerican Archaeology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AR 201 and CAS AR 250; or consent of instructor.
    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 570: Studies in Historical Archaeology
    Topics vary. Intensive coverage of particular aspects of historical archaeology as selected by instructor. (Course fulfills department area or technical requirement.)
  • 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.
  • CAS AR 593: Memory in 3-D: Memorials, Then and Now
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing
    Societies craft their histories and identities via memorials, thereby firming up the past for the future. In this course, we analyze the historical context, form, and message of important memorials in classical antiquity and modern America.
  • GRS AR 701: The Intellectual History of Archaeology
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing and at least two prior courses in sociocultural anthropology.
    The historical development of archaeological methods and theory from the Renaissance to the present day, including comparison of major developments in Western Europe and the Americas with developments in other regions. Basic concepts in archaeological record and society.
  • GRS AR 703: Seminar: Materials in Ancient Society
    Topic to be announced. Offered through the Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology. (MIT Materials in Ancient Societies: course #3.984)
  • GRS AR 704: Seminar: Materials in Ancient Society
    Topic to be announced. Offered through the Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology. (MIT Materials in Ancient Societies: course #3.989)
  • 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 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.