500-level courses

CAS AR503 Archaeological Field Methods: Survey and Excavation
Prereq: CAS AR 101 or consent of instructor.
Archaeological field school with intensive study of archaeological techniques and procedures. Direct involvement in field excavation, assisting in data recording, and in the description and inventory of artifacts and specimens. Field, lab and/or lecture involvement; requires six to seven hours a day, five days a week. Various locations around the world.  (Course fulfills department field school requirement.)

CAS AR 504 Preserving World Heritage: Principles and Practice
Examination of fundamental issues of preservation and management of World Heritage sites, implementation of UNESCO’s Conventions, Recommendations and Charters; selection, evaluation, and nomination of cultural properties for inscription as World Heritage sites and their protection from human and natural causes.  (Course fulfills department topical requirement.)

CAS AR505 Remote Sensing and Archaeology
Prereq: Two archaeology courses or consent of instructor.
Lecture/laboratory course introducing students to applications of remote sensing in archaeology. A variety of geophysical survey methods as well as multispectral image analysis are taught. Topics include the use of remotely sensed data for regional analysis, the discovery and mapping of buried archaeological features, and computer analysis of multispectral data. (Course fulfills department technical requirement.)

CAS AR506 Regional Archaeology and Geographical Information Systems
Prerequisite: Two archaeology courses or consent of instructor.
Advanced computer (GIS) techniques are used 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. (Course fulfills department technical requirement.)

CAS AR507 Lay of the Land: Surface and Subsurface Mapping in Archaeology
This course integrates classroom, lab, and field instruction to provide students 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.  (Course fulfills department topical requirement.)

CAS AR509 Geoarchaeology
Prerequisite: CAS AR 101 or consent of instructor.
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; the formation of archaeological sites. Field trips in the Boston area.  (Course fulfills department technical requirement.)

AR510 Proposal Writing for Social Science Research
Prereq: admission to AR Honors Program or advanced undergraduate standing with consent of instructor. Grad Prereq: 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.  (Course fulfills department technical requirement.)

CAS AR511 Studies in European Archaeology
Topics vary. Intensive coverage of particular periods, sub-areas, or events in European prehistory (Paleolithic, Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages, Western Europe or Eastern Europe, population migrations, etc.) as selected by instructor. (Course fulfills department area requirement.)

CAS AR512 Laboratory and Field Methods in Geoarchaeology
Introduction to laboratory and field methods used in Geoarchaeology, including description of field profiles and settings; map (topographic, geological, soil survey) and aerial photo interpretation; laboratory analytical techniques, such as soil micromorphology, x-ray diffraction, and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometry (FTIR).  (Course fulfills partial department technical requirement.)

CAS AR513 Studies in African Archaeology
Topics vary. Intensive coverage of particular periods or sub-areas in Africa as selected by the instructor. (Course fulfills department area requirement.)

CAS AR515 Micromorphology of Terrestrial Sediments
Prerequisite: AR101 & AR509, or consent of instructor.
The micromorphological examination and interpretation of soils, sediments, and archaeological and anthropogenic materials features (e.g., ceramics, bricks, hearths), with focus on the processes of landscape evolution and the mechanisms of archaeological site formation. (Course fulfills department technical requirement.)

CAS AR528 Studies in Mesoamerican Art and Architecture
Topics vary. Studies of ancient Mesoamerican cultures as known from their archaeological sites and reconstructed history as known from their changing plans, architecture, art and iconography. (Course fulfills department area requirement.)

CAS AR531 Studies in Etruscan and Roman Archaeology
Topics Vary.  Intensive coverage of particular periods or sub-areas in Etruscan and Roman archaeology (Etruscan settlements and Roman towns, archaeology of the Roman Republic, Archaeology of the Roman provinces, etc.) as selected by instructor. (Course fulfills department area requirement.)

CAS AR532 Studies in Near and Middle Eastern Archaeology
Topics Vary. Recent offerings have included: Trade in the Near East, Near Eastern Cities of the Bronze and Iron Ages, and Near East Prehistory-Palaeolithic through Neolithic. (Course fulfills department area requirement.)

CAS AR534 Seminar in Roman Art
Topics Vary.  An in-depth study of Pompeii and the other towns buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in August 79 CE. All aspects of the Vesuvian cities will be examined, including urban planning and public architecture (forums, temples, basilicas, theaters, amphitheaters, baths, etc.), private architecture (houses, villas, tombs), mural painting (the Four Pompeian Styles, mythological subjects, history painting, still life), mosaics, sculpture (portraiture, Roman copies of Greek statuary), etc., as well as the current state of the site itself and the impact of tourism.

CAS AR535 Europe and the Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity
Interdisciplinary overview of Europe and Mediterranean World in the 3rd-6th centuries A.D., based on the archaeological record and material culture (including art), and drawing on history and literature. Topics include: rise of Christianity; town and country; public and private life. (Course fulfills department area requirement.)

CAS AR543 Introduction to Akkadian Cuneiform I
An introduction to the Semitic language that served as the lingua franca in the Near East from ca. 2500-500 BC, with emphasis on reading texts in cuneiform script. (Course fulfills department topical requirement.)

CAS AR544 Introduction to Akkadian Cuneiform II
Completes coverage of the essentials of Akkadian grammar and highlights differences between Assyrian and Babylonian dialects. Readings in cuneiform include sections of the Code of Hammurabi and the Epic of Gilgamesh. (Course fulfills department topical requirement.)

CAS AR551 Studies in Mesoamerican Archaeology
Topics vary. Analysis of major events and processes of the Mesoamerican area. Topics include the arrival of man; development of regional patterns; origin of food production; rise of towns, temples, and urbanism; the origin of state; and the development of empires. (Course fulfills department area requirement.)

CAS AR555 Ancient American Writing Systems
Study of the various writing systems and interdependent Mesoamerican calendar, as found in many media among the pre-Columbian Olmec, Teotihuacan, Zapotec, Mixtec, Aztec, and Maya cultures, from the last centuries BC to the sixteenth century. (Course fulfills department topical requirement.)

CAS AR556 Archaeological Field Research Experience
Supervised original research in excavation, survey, or field laboratory situation, as art of field study program. (Course fulfills department technical or area requirement.)

CAS AR560 Civilization of Central and South Asia
Emergence, development, and decline of two Bronze Age Civilizations called “Oasis” in Central Asia and Indus/Harappan in South Asia. Focus on comparative study of cultural processes of urbanization, complex social, economic and religious institutions, specialized crafts, and long distance trade. (Course fulfills department area requirement.)

CAS AR570 Approaches to Artifact Analysis in Historical Archaeology
Identification and dating of European and Asian artifacts found on archaeological sites  in the Americas, ca. 1500-1900.  Emphasis on methods for analyzing, conducting research on, and interpreting artifacts and assemblages.  (Course fulfills department topical or technical requirement.)

CAS AR572 Studies in Industrial Archaeology
Topics vary. The study of the remains of our industrial heritage including above-ground excavations. Topics include mills, dams, canals, bridges, and all other material remains of America’s industrial development. Field trips to New England industrial sites. (Course fulfills department topical or area requirement.)

CAS AR576 Collections: Ancient and Historical in Modern Context
Considers ancient and historical objects in collections from historical, functional, material, aesthetic perspectives to understand original cultural context. Case studies demonstrate the changing theory, practice, legal and ethical implications of museum acquisition and display. (Course fulfills department topical requirement.)

CAS AR577 Pots and Pans: Material Culture of Food
Exploration of the food cultures and technologies through material culture- pots, pans, and utensils. Course will range broadly across cultures, time, and space with emphasis on medieval and early modern times. Life histories of humble, overlooked, everyday objects associated with food preparation and consumption; kitchens from prehistory to the present; tradition and fashion in cooking & dining vessels; pots and cooking technology; pots as metaphors & symbols.  (Course fulfills department topical requirement.)

CAS AR580 Studies in Archaeological Heritage Management Archaeological Collections Management:
Curation and Public Interpretation

Introduction to Heritage Management with a focus on European case studies. This course involves both theory and practice of various themes of Cultural Heritage Management, understood in a broad sense and with an interdisciplinary approach. It involves topics such as the value and significance of cultural sites and objects; the identification and analysis of stakeholder communities; principles and practices of Heritage Management in local, national and international contexts; conservation of archaeological and historical remains; site management and cultural tourism; and site interpretation and education programs. Students will engage in hands-on heritage activities and projects, such as planning an exhibit, developing a public outreach program, or assessing a management plan.  This course has an emphasis on archaeological sites, but it also extends to other areas such as historical sites and art centers. Therefore, it is open to students of art history, anthropology, classics, museum studies, and education. We will study how to prepare a site for tourism, how to design and implement programs for all kinds of publics—children, teenagers, mentally-handicapped, etc.— and how to reach the community and involve it in the task of preserving its cultural heritage. (Course fulfills department topical requirement.)

CAS AR590 Life is a Bowl, Ceramic Studies in Archaeology
Before plastic, there was pottery – pots and pans, cups and dishes, crocks and jars – in every culture and in abundance. In this course we’ll study how archaeologists use the evidence of pottery to elucidate everything from personal habits to large-scale social, economic, and political developments.The course will be divided into three study units. In the first we will focus on the most common forms of scientific analyses: mineral and clay identification via thin section and chemical composition via Instrumental Neutron Activation and X-Ray Fluorescence Analyses. In the second study unit, we will focus on the Levant over the longue durée, from the Bronze Ages through the Ottoman empire, and examine how archaeologists have analyzed and deployed ceramic evidence to reconstruct social, economic, cultural, and political processes. In the third study unit, we will broaden our geographical scope to study the application of ceramic analysis in the archaeologies of Oceania, Africa, the early Americas, and historic America.  (Course fulfills department technical or topical requirement.)

CAS AR593 A1 Memory in 3-D:
Memorials, then and now
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 modern America and classical antiquity.