Archaeology

Archaeology program description.

NOTE: See the beginning of Section H for abbreviations, course numbers and coding.

ARCH1303The Human Past: Archaeological Approaches (Cross-Listed: ANTH 1303)3 ch (3C) [W]

This course traces the historical development of the discipline of Archaeology from its earliest beginnings to recent advances in archaeological science, and introduces theories and methods used by archaeologists to investigate and understand past human cultures. Examples are drawn from studies of Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, Indigenous and Historical cultures.

ARCH1323Discovering Ancient Civilizations (Cross-Listed: CLAS 1323)3 ch (3C) [W]

Through the lens of archaeology, students explore the sites, monuments, and artifacts of civilizations (in Mesopotamia, Anatolia, Egypt, the Indus Valley, Greece, Italy, and Roman Britain) that shaped Western society. The Tomb of King Midas, the pyramids of Egypt, the Greek theatre and Roman amphitheater are among topics covered.

ARCH2302Prehistoric Archeology: Paleolithic Cultures (O) (Cross-Listed: ANTH 2302)3 ch (3C) [W]

Introduces archaeological methods and theories through an examination of the Paleolithic cultures of Africa, Europe, and Asia.

PrerequisiteANTH/ARCH 1303 or permission of the instructor.

ARCH2333"To Dig is to Explore: Approaches to Classical Archaeology (Cross-Listed: CLAS 2333)3 ch (3C) [W]

This course includes a brief survey of the history of archaeological investigations and the scientific methods used in identifying and excavating a site and analyzing the material remains. Representative examples that illustrate the above scientific advances are drawn from major Mediterranean civilizations: Mesopotamian, Anatolian, Egyptian, Persian, Greek, Etruscan, and Roman. A lab component includes cataloguing ‘ancient shards’ from Greece and Turkey, and copies of Greek and Roman vessels.