Courses

  • ARCN 200: The Politics of Archaeology and Heritage Management: The Past and Legitimizing the Present

    This course examines the ideological bases and modalities of ordering the past by pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial societies. We will study how ancient material culture, written and oral traditions, and a range of other symbols of cultural pasts were and are being used in the construction or destruction of histories. We focus especially on issues of heritage ethics and museum presentation, as well as non-parochial knowledge dissemination as a source of conflict resolution and inclusive peace education. Case studies will be drawn from Australasia, South Asia, West Asia, Africa, Nazi Germany, Post-Communist Europe, and North and South America.

    6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Fall 2017 · Sudharshan D Seneviratne
  • ARCN 246: Archaeological Methods & Lab

    As a field that is truly interdisciplinary, archaeology uses a wide range of methods to study the past. This course provides a hands-on introduction to the entire archaeological process through classroom, field, and laboratory components. Students will participate in background research concerning local places of historical or archaeological interest; landscape surveying and mapping in GIS; excavation; the recording, analysis, and interpretation of artifacts; and the publication of results. This course involves real archaeological fieldwork, and students will have an opportunity to contribute to the history of the local community while learning archaeological methods applicable all over the world.

    6 credit; Science with Lab; not offered 2017–2018
  • ARCN 250: Digital Archaeology

    The practice of archaeology in the twenty-first century is an inevitably digital undertaking: from the way we record data, process finds, map distributions, analyze patterns, and even publish our interpretations, it all passes through a ‘digital filter.’ This hands-on course will explore the different approaches that digital archaeologies take--from 3D imaging of objects and structures, spatial analysis in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing initiatives in contested or inaccessible landscapes, to modeling in Virtual Reality (VR) environments--while also reading about and discussing the implications and challenges of digital approaches and technologies for the theory and practice of archaeology. 

    3 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; offered Winter 2018 · Sarah E Craft
  • ARCN 395: Archaeology: Science, Ethics, Nationalism and Cultural Property

    This seminar course will focus on a wide range of contemporary issues in archaeology, including case studies from many continents and time periods that shed light on archaeological theory and practice. Specific course content varies. The course serves as the capstone seminar for the Archaeology Concentration; enrollment is also open to non-concentrators.

    6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2017–2018 · Mary E Savina