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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 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
  • 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 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.]

    • BU Hub Pathway:
        Social & Racial Justice
  • 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 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 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.]

  • 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.]

  • 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.]

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