Archaeology

  • 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.
  • GRS AR 699: Teaching College Archaeology I
    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.
    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 702: Contemporary Theory in Archaeology
    Graduate 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.
  • GRS AR 703: Seminar: Materials in Ancient Society
    Topic to be announced. Offered through the Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology.
  • GRS AR 704: Seminar: Materials in Ancient Society
    Topic to be announced. Offered through the Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology.
  • 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.
  • 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 focused study of specific aspects such as gender and identity.
  • GRS AR 707: Scientific Applications In Archaeology
    This seminar explores 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.
  • 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.
  • GRS AR 730: Seminar: Old World Historical Archaeology
    Selected problems or topics in the archaeology of the classical world.
  • 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 741: Seminar: Archaeology of Mesopotamia
    Detailed survey of the ancient Near East, from the introduction of agriculture to the Hellenistic era. Examines the genesis of the first urban society and its transformation under the Sumerians, Babylonians, Assyrians, and Persians.
  • 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
    An 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 746: 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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • GRS AR 770: New World Historical Arachaeology: Colonial America
    Seminar. Material culture of the people who colonized North America. Architecture, artifacts, and a variety of sites - domestic, military, commercial, sepulchral - are studied. Uses of achival evidence as factual and ethnographic documentation for archaeological interpretation are discussed.