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Searching for archaeology returned 20 classes
  • CAS AR 500

    Public Archaeology in the United States

    Prereq: graduate student standing or Archaeology major/minor with junior standing, or consent of instructor.

    Introduction to the practice of public archaeology in the United States: historical and legal background; federal, state, and local programs; archaeology and Native Americans; contract archaeology; survey, evaluation, and mitigation projects; professional employment in U.S. cultural resource management. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course entitled "U.S. Archaeological Heritage Management" that was previously numbered GRS AR 805.

    [ 4 cr.]

  • GRS AR 795

    Politics, Nationalism, and Archaeology

    Prereq: 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.

    [ 4 cr.]

  • CAS AR 492

    Directed Study in Archaeology

    Prereq: concentrator in department, junior or senior standing, consent of instructor, and approval of the Academic Advising Center.

    Individual instruction and directed research in archaeology.

    [Var cr.]

  • CAS AR 101

    Introduction to Archaeology

    Theory, methods, and aims of prehistoric and historical archaeology in the Old and New Worlds. Excavation and recovery of archaeological data; dating techniques; interpretation of finds; relation of archaeology to history and other disciplines. Examination of several Old and New World cultures. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Social Inquiry I.

    [ 4 cr.]

    • Historical Consciousness
    • Social Inquiry I
  • GMS FA 800

    Field Methods in Forensic Anthropology

    This course will provide students with a sound basis for archaeological methods applied to a variety of forensic settings. Students will learn core concepts from academic archaeology and how forensic archaeology differs from traditional methods. 3 cr

    [ 3 cr.]

  • CAS AR 240

    Archaeology of Ancient China

    Examines the archaeology of ancient China from the Neolithic through the Bronze Age (7000 to 221 BCE) with particular attention to the interactions between technology and the acquisition of political, religious, and social power. This course carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.

    [ 4 cr.]

  • CAS AR 100

    Great Discoveries in Archaeology

    Illustrated lectures focus on the important discoveries of the discipline of archaeology. Course covers the whole of human prehistory around the world. Archaeological methods are described, along with the great ancient sites: Olduvai, Lascaux, Stonehenge, Egyptian pyramids, Machu Picchu. This course carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Social Inquiry I.

    [ 4 cr.]

    • Historical Consciousness
    • Social Inquiry I
  • GRS AR 704

    Seminar: Materials in Ancient Society

    Topic to be announced. Offered through the Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology. (MIT Materials in Ancient Societies: course #3.989)

    [Var cr.]

  • GMS FA 720

    Forensic Anthropology Internship

    Grad Prereq: consent of instructor

    Students registered in this course will be expected to complete an approved internship in an anthropology or archaeology field school, forensic, or medicolegal setting. 2 cr, on demand.

    [Var cr.]

  • GRS AR 893

    World Archaeology

    Prereq: graduate standing or CAS AR 450.

    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) To be cross-listed with AN 793.

    [ 4 cr.]

  • GMS FA 755

    Directed Studies in Forensic Anthropology

    Grad Prereq: consent of instructor

    Students will have the opportunity to develop a directed study in a specialized area of forensic anthropology or archaeology that is of particular interest. 4 cr, all sem.

    [Var cr.]

  • CAS AR 305

    Paleolithic Archaeology

    Prereq: CAS AR 101.

    Introduction to emergence of culture and reconstruction of early lifeways from archaeological evidence. Topics include early humans in Africa, Asia, and Europe; Neanderthal; the first Americans; and the prelude to agriculture.

    [ 4 cr.]

  • CAS GE 365

    An Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

    Prereq: CAS MA 113 or CAS MA 115.

    Practical hands-on computing experience using GIS for analyzing data from maps and other sources. Analytical functions unique to GIS are emphasized, as are applications in archaeology, land use planning, environmental monitoring, and other fields.

    [ 4 cr.]

  • GRS AN 701

    Cross-Cutting Perspectives in Anthropology

    Prereq: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

    An examination of current and historical perspectives across sub-disciplines of Anthropology: Social Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, and Archaeology. Explores how methodologies, theories and interpretations have changed as disciplines have developed. Emphasizes group learning to facilitate exchange of ideas across the sub-disciplines.

    [ 4 cr.]

  • GMS FA 703

    Zooarchaeology and Comparative Vertebrate Osteology

    Grad Prereq: consent of instructor

    This course will provide students with an advanced basis for vertebrate zooarchaeological analysis including terminology, data gathering, data analysis, and practical identification skills for both whole and fragmentary vertebrate remains. These skills will be of direct use in archaeology, paleontology, and forensic anthropology. 4 cr, Fall & Spring sem.

    [ 4 cr.]

  • CAS AR 201

    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. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry I, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.

    [ 4 cr.]

    • Social Inquiry I
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • GRS AN 794

    Scientific Applications in Archaeology

    Prereq: graduate standing or CAS AR 307.

    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. To be cross-listed with AR 894.

    [ 4 cr.]

  • GRS AR 894

    Scientific Applications In Archaeology

    Prereq: graduate standing or CAS AR 307.

    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. To be cross-listed with AN 794.

    [ 4 cr.]

  • CAS AR 450

    Methods and Theory of Archaeology

    Prereq: at least two archaeological studies courses at 200 level or above, senior status, or consent of instructor.

    Senior capstone seminar dealing with the intellectual history of the discipline, research methods, concepts, and problems in archaeological theory, and the formulation of research designs. In 2018-19 this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry I, Ethical Reasoning, Critical Thinking. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry II, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Critical Thinking.

    [ 4 cr.]

    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Social Inquiry II
    • Critical Thinking
  • GRS LS 850

    Seminar: Topics in Hispanic Literature

    May be repeated for credit if topic is different. Two topics are offered in Spring 2020. Section A1: Surviving Lorca. Readings of selected works followed by discussion of Federico Garcia Lorca's iconic status and posthumous presence in film, exhibitions, fiction, song, and other forms of Spanish popular culture. Section B1: An American Egypt: Antiquarianism & Early Archaeology in colonial Latin America. The course traces a genealogy of the "antiquarian imagination" in Colonial Latin America, from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. We explore the complex interaction of gazes, interests and epistemologies that coalesced around the creation of a Pre-Columbian Antiquity.

    [ 4 cr.]

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CGS College of General Studies
COM College of Communication
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EOP Center for English Language & Orientation Programs (CELOP)
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KHC Questrom School of Business
LAW School of Law
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SAR Sargent College
SDM Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
SED Wheelock College of Education & Human Development
SHA School of Hospitality Administration
SPH School of Public Health
SSW School of Social Work
STH School of Theology
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