Archaeology Courses

CAS AR 221 – Archaeology of the Islamic World
This course explores and highlights the significant features of Islamic material culture that flourished in North Africa, across Asia and parts of Europe and survives in the world of Islam today. This course will survey ancient Islamic cities including those revealed by excavations and architectural masterpieces surviving in different parts of the world from Europe to China and from Central Asia to India and Africa.

CAS AR 232 – 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).

CAS AR 341- Archaeology of Mesopotamia
An overview of the core area of the ancient Near East from the introduction of agriculture to the Hellenistic era. Emphasis will be on the genesis of urban society and its transformation under the Sumerians, Babylonians, Assyrians and Persians.

CAS AR 342- Archaeology in the Holy Land
In Israel, archaeology is part of current events. The study of remains from the Israelite to the Muslim conquests (c. 1200 BCE — 640 CE) to learn how material evidence created and still plays a role in a larger historical drama. Also offered as CAS RN 390.

CAS AR 343 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.

AR 347- Egypt and Northeast Africa: Early States in Egypt, Nubia and Eritrea/Ethiopia
This course focuses on early states in northeast Africa, in Egypt, Nubia, and Eritrea/Ethiopia.  Comparative analyses include socio-economic institutions, kingship, burial practices and religions of these early states, concentrating on archaeological as well as textual evidence.

AR 532- Studies  of Archaeology in the Near and Middle East
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.

AR 543- 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 requirements.)

AR 544- 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.