Archaeology

  • 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 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 prehispanic 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 Arachaeology: 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. The archaeological study of America since the Revolution. Focus is on the archaeological and artifactual evidence for the development of plantation systems and slavery, induustrial 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 795: Politics, Nationalism, and Archaeology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: graduate standing.
    Explores how archaeology is shaped by and manipulated for political purposes. Case studies from Asia and around the world trace the development of archaeology during colonial empire-building and post-colonial nationalism, and the importance of archaeological heritage in regional politics.
  • 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 805: U.S. Archaeological Heritage Management
    Introduction to the practice of public archaeology in the United States. Historical and legal background; state and federal programs; conducting archaeological investigations; archaeology as business; the public interest; controversies, problems, and prospects in archaeological heritage management.
  • 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 810: International Heritage Management
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: senior standing.
    Investigations of issues in archaeological heritage management at the international level. Approaches, challenges, and solutions to problems in the identification, evaluation, conservation, management, and interpretation of archaeological resources. Focus on specific topics (e.g. legislation) and/or geographical regions.
  • GRS AR 830: The End of Days: Analyzing Collapse in Complex Societies
    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.
  • 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 AR 901: Directed Research in Classical Archaeology
    Graduate-level directed research in classical archaeology.