• 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 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.
  • 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 534: Seminar in Roman Art
    In-depth examination of varying topics in the study of Roman art and architecture. Topic for Fall 2015: Pompeii. A focus on what is probably the most famous ancient Roman site in the world--Pompeii--and on the other towns buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in August 79 CE. Also offered as CAS AH 534.
  • CAS AR 551: Studies in Mesoamerican Archaeology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the Guatemala Archaeology Program.
    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 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 590: Life Is a Bowl: Ceramic Studies in Archaeology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: sophomore, junior, or senior standing.
    Before plastic, there was pottery -- pots and pans, cups and dishes, crocks and jars -- in every culture and in abundance. Research seminar studies pottery across time and space to elucidate personal habits as well as social, economic, and political developments.
  • 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 699: Teaching College Archaeology I
    Graduate Prerequisites: restricted to Archaeology Teaching Fellows.
    The goals, contents, and methods of instruction in archaeology. General teaching-learning issues. Required of all teaching fellows.
  • 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 705: Pre-Urban Development
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing.
    Cultural development from the origins of humankind through the establishment of food production, with emphasis on models for reconstructing successive changes in adaptation among early populations. (Program core course.)
  • GRS AR 706: Archaeology of Complex Societies
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing.
    Core concepts of archaeological research on the formation, cultural development, and decay of complex societies as well as their introduction into other cultures. Coverage emphasizes research design rather than simply survey. (Program core course.)
  • GRS AR 708: Processes in the formation of Archaeological Sites.
    Considers in detail geological, biological and anthropogenic depositional and post-depositional processes that result in formation of archaeological sites. Initial focus on basic principles/processes, then their application to site-evaluation in New and Old World. Field trips in area.
  • GRS AR 712: Seminar in Old World Prehistory
    Selected problems or topics in prehistoric archaeology of the Old World.