200-level courses

CAS AR200 Heritage Matters: Introduction to Heritage Management
Protection and management of archaeological heritage, including sites, artifacts, and monuments.  Survey of heritage values and stakeholders.  Issues covered include policy and legislation, U.S. preservation system, international efforts, indigenous perspectives, looting, repatriation, underwater heritage, and heritage at war. (Course fulfills social science distribution requirement.  Course fulfills department topical requirement.)

CAS AR201 Americas Before Columbus
An introduction to the archaeology and civilizations of the pre-Columbian Americas.  Topics progress chronologically as well as comparatively, with cases drawn from Native American cultures of the North America, Mesoamerica, and South America.  (Course fulfills social sciences distribution requirement.  Course fulfills department area requirement.)

CAS AR202 Archaeological Mysteries: Pseudoscience and Fallacy in the Human Past
This Course investigates pseudoscientific claims about the past based on case studies claiming to solve archaeological mysteries, and subjects them to the test of evidence using the scientific method. Topics: Atlantis, ancient extraterrestials, Pyramids, Stonehenge, crop marks, Noah’s Ark, etc.  (Course fulfills humanities distribution requirement.  Course fulfills department topical requirement.)

CAS AR205 Origins of Civilization
The comparison of origins and institutions of civilizations in the Old and New Worlds, including the first state-organized societies of Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus Valley, China, the Aegean, Mesoamerica, and Peru.  (Course fulfills Social Science requirement.  Course fulfills department topical requirement.)

CAS AR206 Ancient Technology
Traces the related evolution of technology and culture over the first million years of human existence. Case studies focus on the interaction between early technology and social structure, values, and institutions. Lectures and hands-on experience with ceramics, stone, and metallurgy.  (Course fulfills department topical requirement.)

CAS AR208 Lost Languages and Decipherments
An overview of the archaeology of writing focusing on modern decipherments of ancient texts. Related topics include characteristics of the world’s major language families, the nature of linguistic change, and the origin and history of the alphabet.  (Course fulfills humanities distribution requirement.  Course fulfills department topical requirement.)

CAS AR209 The Near East Bronze Age
Examines the wealth and power of the ancient Near East and Egypt during the Bronze Age. Topics include the establishment of power, long distance exchange and interaction, ethnicity, architecture, and environmental and ecological factors affecting the civilizations.  (Course fulfills department area requirement.)

CAS AR 210 Minoan and Mycenaean Civilizations
Traces the rise and fall of the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations from their Stone Age roots to the end of the Bronze Age. Subjects include art, architecture, economic, social, political, and religious characteristics, and theoretical explanations of cultural change.  (Course fulfills department area requirement.)

CAS AR 215 The Contested Past
Examination of the diverse and often conflicting values associated with archaeological objects, ancient monuments, and cultural sites. Case studies (including the Elgin Marbles) highlight contemporary controversies over ownership, appropriation, use, and abuse of the material remains of the past.  (Course fulfills department topical requirement.)

CAS AR221 Archaeology of the Islamic World
An overview of the Archaeology of the Islamic world during 7th to 18th centuries CE. Focus on ancient cities, religious and secular buildings like gardens, palaces, forts, mausoleums and mosques and study of ceramics, calligraphy, metal and glassware, trade routes and Islamic crafts.  (Course fulfills department area or topical requirement.)

CAS AR222 Art and Architecture of Ancient America
This course will introduce the major styles and monuments of the art and architecture of ancient Mesoamerica and the Andes from the first millennium BC to the 16th century AD Major areas to be studied include Mexico, Guatemala, and Peru.  (Course fulfills department area requirement.)

CAS AR230 Introduction to Greek and Roman Archaeology
How material remains help us understand aspects of Ancient Greek and Roman cultures in their historical development: religious and civic spaces; the culture of affluence; imperial identity; and the transformations that mark the end of classical antiquity. (Course fulfills humanities distribution requirement.  Course fulfills department area requirement.)

CAS AR232 Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
The technology, economy, social life, political organization, religions, art, and architecture of Egypt from predynastic times through the Hellenistic period, based on archaeological and historical sources. Emphasis on the period of the Pharaohs (ca. 3200-323 BC).  (Course fulfills humanities distribution requirement.  Course fulfills department area requirement.)

CAS AR240 The Archaeology of Ancient China
This course examines the Archaeology of Ancient China from the Neolithic through the Bronze Age (7000 to 221 BCE). Particular attention will be paid to the interaction between technology and the acquisition of political, religious, and social power. (Course fulfills humanities distribution requirement.  Course fulfills department area requirement.)

CAS AR250 The Aztecs, Maya, and Their Predecessors: Archaeology of Mesoamerica
Analysis of major events and processes of the Mesoamerican area. Topics include the arrival of man; development of regional patterns; origin of food, production; the rise of towns, temples, and urbanism; the origin of the state, the development of the empires. (Course fulfills social sciences distribution requirement.  Course fulfills department area requirement.)

CAS AR251 Ancient Maya Civilization
A survey of current knowledge and scholarship about the Maya civilization, which flourished in Central America between 250-900 AD, its earlier beginnings and subsequent collapse, and aspects of its economic and social basis and artistic and intellectual achievements. (Course fulfills humanities distribution requirement.  Course fulfills department area requirement.)

CAS AR261 Asia’s Ancient Cultures and Civilizations
Study of Asia’s ancient civilizations known as the Indus, Oxus, Khmer, and Shang. Outstanding cities; sacred Buddhist, Jain, Hindu, and Judeo-Christian/Islamic centers; elaborate caves; unique burial sites like the Taj Mahal and royal tombs; historic gardens symbolizing “Paradise on Earth”; and architectural marvels like the Great Wall. (Course fulfills department area requirement.)

CAS AR262 Asian Gods & Goddesses
Representation, meaning, and mystery of gods and goddesses of South and East Asian cultures, from prehistory to the present. Mother, fertility, and tree goddesses; deities of Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. Evidence from archaeology, rock engravings, religious shrines, and other sources. (Course fulfills department area or topical requirement.)

CAS AR270 Archaeology of the Age of Exploration
Archaeological evidence for Columbus’ voyage and its aftermath. Topics include coastal exploration, early settlement, and cultural contacts between Europeans and Native Americans. Evidence from both land and underwater excavations will be presented. (Course fulfills department area requirement.)

CAS AR273 Archaeology of the Viking Age
Archaeological evidence of Viking life and culture. Topics include home life, ships and shipbuilding, trade, warfare, religion, art, colonization; detailed examination of major terrestrial and underwater archaeological excavations in Europe, Greenland, and North America. (Course fulfills department area requirement.)

CAS AR280 Eating and Drinking in the Ancient World
Food stands at the intersection of nature and culture; it is a requirement for life yet it is always encoded with cultural meanings. Food can reveal aspects of social identity, politics and power, economics, environmental management, and religious beliefs. In this course, we will explore past societies through the archaeological study of food, drink, and medicinal substances. This survey will encompass the evolution of the human diet—from foraging to farming to the effects of industrialization, colonialism, and globalization—the cultural transformation of food from ingredients to cuisine, feasting, agricultural production, and other topics relevant to the study of food both past and present. We will focus on archaeological materials and case studies from throughout the world to achieve a cross-cultural understanding of the complex interplay between humans and food. The course will employ lectures, readings, discussions, field trips, a food journal, and other “food experiences” to demonstrate the impact of ancient diets on health, society, and the environment.  (Course fulfills social sciences distribution requirement.  Course fulfills department topical requirement.)

CAS AR283 North American Archaeology
North American prehistory from initial peopling of continent to development of complex societies.  Explores human entry into the New World; migration across North America; subsistence changes; human effects on landscape; encounters with Europeans; role of archaeology in contemporary Native cultures.  (Course fulfills social sciences distribution requirement.  Course fulfills Social Science Divisional Studies.  Course fulfills department area.)

CAS AR290 Human Impacts on Ancient Environments
Examination of human impacts on the global landscape over the past 10,000 years through migration, hunting, disease, agriculture, and other cultural activities; implications for contemporary and future resources management and environmental policy.  (Course fulfills social sciences distribution requirement.  Course fulfills department topical requirement.)