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2012-13 Course Catalog

At Bryn Mawr College: Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, 2012-2013

DescriptionFacultyMajor RequirementsConcentration in GeoarchaeologyRequirements for HonorsIndependent ResearchMinor RequirementsLanguagesFieldworkStudy AbroadMuseum InternshipCoursesDepartment Homepage

Description

Students may complete a major or minor in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology.

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Faculty

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Adviser Mehmet-Ali Atac
Chair and Rhys Carpenter Professor and Graduate Adviser A. A. Donohue
Assistant Professor Astrid Lindenlauf
Associate Professor Peter Magee

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Major Requirements

The major requires a minimum of 10 and 1/2 courses. Core requirements are two 100-level courses distributed between the ancient Near East and Egypt and ancient Greece and Rome (of which two half-credit courses, e.g., ARCH 105, 106 or 130, may count as one), the half-credit course ARCH 135 (Archaeological Fieldwork and Methods) and two semesters of the senior conference. At least two upper-level courses should be distributed between classical and Near Eastern subjects and one other should concern method and theory in archaeology (ARCH 330 or ANTH 220). Additional requirements are determined in consultation with the major adviser. Additional coursework in allied subjects may be presented for major credit but must be approved in writing by the major adviser; such courses are offered in the departments of Anthropology, Geology, Greek, Latin and Classical Studies, Growth and Structure of Cities and History of Art. In consultation with the major adviser, one course taken in study abroad may be accepted for credit in the major.

Each student’s course of study to meet major requirements will be determined in consultation with the undergraduate major adviser in the spring semester of the sophomore year, at which time a written plan will be designed. Students considering majoring in the department are encouraged to take the introductory courses early in their undergraduate career and should also seek advice from departmental faculty. Students who are interested in interdisciplinary concentrations or in study abroad during the junior year are strongly advised to seek assistance in planning their major early in their sophomore year.

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Minor Requirements

The minor requires six courses. Core requirements are two 100-level courses distributed between the ancient Near East and Egypt and ancient Greece and Rome (of which two half-credit courses, e.g., ARCH 105, 106 or 130, may count as one) in addition to four other courses selected in consultation with the major adviser.

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Geoarchaeology Concentration

The geoarchaeology concentration allows students majoring in anthropology, archaeology or geology to explore the connections among these fields with respect to how our human ancestors interacted with past environments, and how traces of human behavior are preserved in the physical environment. In geology, the geoarchaeology concentration consists of 13 courses: GEOL 101 or 102 or 103; 202, 203, 204, 205, 270 and 399; two semesters of chemistry; two semesters of math, statistics or computational methods; ARCH 101, ANTH 101 or ARCH 135 (a half-credit laboratory course in archaeological fieldwork methods); and one 200- or 300-level elective from among current offerings in Anthropology or Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology. Paperwork for the concentration should be filed at the same time as the major work plan. For course planning advice, consult with Don Barber (Geology), Rick Davis (Anthropology) or Peter Magee (Archaeology).

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Requirements for Honors

Honors are granted on the basis of academic performance as demonstrated by a cumulative average of 3.5 or better in the major.

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Independent Research

Majors who wish to undertake independent research, especially for researching and writing a lengthy paper, must arrange with a professor who is willing to advise them and consult with the major adviser. Such research normally would be conducted by seniors as a unit of supervised work (ARCH 403), which must be approved by the advising professor before registration. Students planning to do such research should consult with professors in the department in the spring semester of their junior year or no later than the beginning of the fall semester of the senior year.

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Languages

Majors who contemplate graduate study in classical fields should incorporate Greek and Latin into their programs. Those who plan graduate work in Near Eastern or Egyptian may take appropriate ancient languages at the University of Pennsylvania, such as Middle Egyptian, Akkadian and Sumerian. Any student considering graduate study in classical and Near Eastern archaeology should study French and German.

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Study Abroad

A semester of study abroad is encouraged if the program is approved by the department. Students are encouraged to consult with faculty, since some programs the department may approve may not yet be listed at the Office of International Programs. Students who seek major credit for courses taken abroad must consult with the major adviser before enrolling in a program. Major credit is given on a case-by-case basis after review of the syllabus, work submitted for a grade and a transcript. Credit will not be given for more than one course and not for courses that are ordinarily offered by the department.

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Fieldwork

The department strongly encourages students to gain fieldwork experience and assists them in getting positions on field projects in North America and overseas. The department is undertaking several field projects in which undergraduates may be invited to participate.

Professor Peter Magee conducts a for-credit field school at Muweilah, al-Hamriya and Tell Abraq in the United Arab Emirates. Undergraduate and graduate students in archaeology participate in this project, which usually takes place during the winter break. He sends an announcement about how to apply for a position in the fall of each year. Students who participate for credit sign up for an ARCH 403 independent study with Professor Magee.

Professor James Wright directs the Nemea Valley Archaeological Project in Greece, which has finished fieldwork and is currently under publication.

The department is collaborating with Professor Asli Özyar (Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College, 1991) of Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, in the Tarsus Regional Project, Turkey, sponsored by Boğaziçi University. This is a long-term investigation of the mound at Gözlü Küle at Tarsus, in Cilicia, which was first excavated by Hetty Goldman, A.B. 1903. Both undergraduate and graduate students in archaeology participate in this project and an announcement inviting applications is sent to all majors in the fall of each year.

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Museum Internship

The department is awarded annually two internships by the Nicholas P. Goulandris Foundation for students to work for a month in the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens, Greece, with an additional two weeks at an archaeological field project. This is an all-expense paid internship for which students may submit an application. An announcement inviting applications is sent by the undergraduate adviser in the late fall or beginning of the second semester.

Opportunities to work with the College’s archaeology collections are available throughout the academic year and during the summer. Students wishing to work with the collections should consult Marianne Weldon, Collections Manager for Art and Artifacts.

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Funding for Internships and Research

The department has two funds that support students for internships and special projects of their own design. One, the Elisabeth Packard Fund for internships in Art History and Archaeology is shared with the Department of the History of Art, while the other is the Anna Lerah Keys Memorial Prize. Any declared major may apply for these funds. An announcement calling for applications is sent to majors in the spring, and the awards are made at the annual college awards ceremony in April.

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Courses

ARCH B101 Introduction to Egyptian and Near Eastern Archaeology: Egypt and Mesopotamia

M. Ataç
A historical survey of the archaeology and art of the ancient Near East and Egypt. Counts toward Africana Studies. Offered in Fall 2012.

ARCH B102 Introduction to Classical Archaeology

A. Donohue
A historical survey of the archaeology and art of Greece, Etruria and Rome. Offered in Spring 2013.

ARCH B104 Archaeology of Agricultural and Urban Revolutions (Cross-listed as CITY B104)

Staff
This course examines the archaeology of the two most fundamental changes that have occurred in human society in the last 12,000 years, agriculture and urbanism, and we explore these in Egypt and the Near East as far as India. We also explore those societies that did not experience these changes. Counts toward Environmental Studies, Geoarchaeology and Middle Eastern Studies. Not offered in 2012-13.

ARCH B105 Introduction to Greek Art and Archaeology

Staff
This course examines the visual arts and material culture of the ancient Greek world, and reviews past and present approaches to archaeological and art historical research in the area. We will focus on the time span of roughly 1,000 years from the so-called Dark Age through the Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic periods, circa 1100 to 31 B.C.E. Proceeding more or less in chronological order, we will explore major excavated sites, such as Athens, Delphi, Olympia and Pergamon, and discuss key examples of architecture, sculpture, painting, mosaics and portable arts as documents of social, religious and cultural history. This is a half-semester, half-credit course. Not offered in 2012-13.

ARCH B106 Introduction to Roman Art and Archaeology

Staff
From its emergence in central Italy in the 8th century B.C.E., Rome developed into an empire extending from western Europe through the Near East. This course surveys Roman material culture through the 4th century C.E. Emphasis is on the interpretation of monuments and artifacts in historical and social context. This is a half-semester, half-credit course. Not offered in 2012-13.

ARCH B110 The World Through Classical Eyes (Cross-listed as CITY B110 and CSTS B110)

Staff
A survey of the ways in which the ancient Greeks and Romans perceived and constructed their physical and social world. The evidence of ancient texts and monuments will form the basis for exploring such subjects as cosmology, geography, travel and commerce, ancient ethnography and anthropology, the idea of natural and artificial wonders, and the self-definition of the classical cultures in the context of the oikoumene, the “inhabited world.” Not offered in 2012-13.

ARCH B115 Classical Art (Cross-listed as CITY B115, CSTS B115 and HART B115)

Staff
An introduction to the visual arts of ancient Greece and Rome from the Bronze Age through Late Imperial times (circa 3000 B.C.E. to 300 C.E.). Major categories of artistic production are examined in historical and social context, including interactions with neighboring areas and cultures; methodological and interpretive issues are highlighted. Not offered in 2012-13.

ARCH B125 Classical Myths in Art and in the Sky (Cross-listed as CSTS B125 and HART B125)

Staff
This course explores Greek and Roman mythology using an archaeological and art historical approach, focusing on the ways in which the traditional tales of the gods and heroes were depicted, developed and transmitted in the visual arts such as vase painting and architectural sculpture, as well as projected into the natural environment. Not offered in 2012-13.

ARCH B130 The Bronze Age

Staff
This short course is about the notion of the Bronze Age and its archaeological manifestation in the Aegean, Eastern Mediterranean and the Near East. It explores the notion that the discovery of metals and the development of metallurgy spurred the formation of “metal economies,” which led to the expansion of civilizations in the 3rd and 2nd millennia B.C.E. This is a half-semester, half-credit course. Not offered in 2012-13.

ARCH B135 Archaeological Fieldwork and Methods

P.Magee
The fundamentals of the practice of archaeology through readings and case studies and participatory demonstrations. Case studies will be drawn from the archives of the Nemea Valley Archaeological Project and material in the Bryn Mawr’s collections. Each week there will be a 2-hour laboratory that will introduce students to a variety of fieldwork methods and forms of analysis. This is a half semester Focus course. Counts toward the Geoarchaeology concentration. Offered in Fall 2012.

B136 Focus: Archaeological Science

P.Magee
This is a half-semester Focus course offered as an introduction to the role of science in the contemporary practice of archaeology. Although it will often be sequential to another Focus course, ARCH 135 (Archaeological Fieldwork and Methods), it is a stand alone offering that will be of interest to a broad range of students. Topics covered in the course will include: radiometric dating (especially 14c), palaeo-environmental reconstruction, sedimentary analysis and geochemical provenience methodologies. Counts toward the Geoarchaeology concentration. Offered in Fall 2012.

ARCH B140 The Visual Culture of the Ancient Near East (Cross-listed as HART-B140)

Staff
The visual culture of ancient Mesopotamia, a region with its heartland in modern Iraq, from the first city to the fall of Babylon in 539 B.C.E., includes images designed to gain favor of the gods, promote royal achievements and adorn the deceased on the journey to the afterlife. Particular emphasis placed on the visual analysis of royal and elite artistic production of architecture, sculpture and cylinder seals. Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies. Not offered in 2012-13.

ARCH B203 Ancient Greek Cities and Sanctuaries (Cross-listed as CITY B203)

Staff
A study of the development of the Greek city-states and sanctuaries. Archaeological evidence is surveyed in its historic context. The political formation of the city-state and the role of religion is presented, and the political, economic and religious institutions of the city-states are explored in their urban settings. The city-state is considered as a particular political economy of the Mediterranean and in comparison to the utility of the concept of city-state in other cultures. Not offered in 2012-13.

ARCH B205 Greek Sculpture (Cross-listed as HART B204)

Staff
One of the best preserved categories of evidence for ancient Greek culture is sculpture. The Greeks devoted immense resources to producing sculpture that encompassed many materials and forms and served a variety of important social functions. This course examines sculptural production in Greece and neighboring lands from the Bronze Age through the 4th century B.C.E. with special attention to style, iconography and historical and social context. Not offered in 2012-13.

ARCH B206 Hellenistic and Roman Sculpture (Cross-listed as HART B206)

A.Donohue
This course surveys the sculpture produced from the 4th century B.C.E. to the 4th century C.E., the period beginning with the death of Alexander the Great that saw the transformation of the classical world through the rise of Rome and the establishment and expansion of the Roman Empire. Style, iconography and production will be studied in the contexts of the culture of the Hellenistic kingdoms, the Roman appropriation of Greek culture, the role of art in Roman society and the significance of Hellenistic and Roman sculpture in the post-antique classical tradition. Offered in Fall 2012.

ARCH B209 Aegean Archaeology

Staff
The prehistoric cultures of the Aegean area beginning with the origins of agriculture (circa 6500 B.C.E.) and ending with the end of the Late Bronze Age (circa 1100 B.C.E.) with a focus on the palaces of Crete (Knossos, Phaistos, Mallia), Troy, the Aegean Islands (Akrotiri on Thera) and Mycenaean Greece (Mycenae, Tiryns, Thebes, Athens, Pylos). Not offered in 2012-13.

ARCH B216 Hittite Archaeology

M.Atic
A survey of the art and archaeology of Hittite Anatolia from the Assyrian Trade Colony period through the Iron Age Syro-Hittite or Late Hittite cultures. The Early Bronze Age background and the interconnections with the Syro-Mesopotamian world are also addressed. Offered in Spring 2013.

ARCH B220 Araby the Blest: The Archaeology of the Arabian Peninsula from 3000 to 300 B.C.E.

P.Magee
A survey of the archaeology and history of the Arabian peninsula focusing on urban forms, transport and cultures in the Arabian peninsula and Gulf and their interactions with the world from the rise of states in Mesopotamia down to the time of Alexander the Great. Offered in Spring 2013.

ARCH B226 Archaeology of Anatolia

Staff
One of the cradles of civilization, Anatolia witnessed the rise and fall of many cultures and states throughout its ancient history. This course approaches the ancient material remains of pre-classical Anatolia from the perspective of Near Eastern archaeology, examining the art, artifacts, architecture, cities and settlements of this land from the Neolithic through the Lydian periods. Some emphasis will be on the Late Bronze Age and the Iron Age, especially phases of Hittite and Assyrian imperialism, Late Hittite states, Phrygia and the Urartu. Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies. Not offered in 2012-13.

ARCH B230 Archaeology and History of Ancient Egypt

Staff
A survey of the art and archaeology of ancient Egypt from the Pre-Dynastic through the Graeco-Roman periods, with special emphasis on Egypt’s Empire and its outside connections, especially the Aegean and Near Eastern worlds. Counts toward Africana Studies and Middle Eastern Studies. Not offered in 2012-13.

ARCH B231 Medicine, Magic and Miracles in the Middle Ages (Cross-listed as HIST B231, CSTS B231)

E.Truitt
An exploration of the history of health and disease, healing and medical practice in the medieval period, emphasizing Dar as-Islam and the Latin Christian West. Using methods from intellectual cultural and social history, themes include: theories of health and disease; varieties of medical practice; rationalities of various practices; views of the body and disease; medical practitioners. No previous coursework in medieval history is required. Offered in Spring 2013.

ARCH B234 Picturing Women in Classical Antiquity (Cross-listed as CSTS B234 and HART B234)

A.Lindenlauf
We investigate representations of women in different media in ancient Greece and Rome, examining the cultural stereotypes of women and the gender roles that they reinforce. We also study the daily life of women in the ancient world, the objects that they were associated with in life and death and their occupations. Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies. Offered in Fall 2012.

ARCH B236 The Archaeology of Syria

Recent excavations in Syria have contributed important data to the major issues in ancient Near Eastern archaeology, including the onset of agriculture, the emergence of social stratification, and the rise of urbanism and empire. From the Palaeolithic period to the end of the Iron Age (circa 16,000-300 B.C.E.), this course will present the material culture of Syria and its parallels in neighboring regions. Not offered in 2012-13.

ARCH B240 Archaeology and History of Ancient Mesopotamia

M.Atac
A survey of the material culture of ancient Mesopotamia, modern Iraq, from the earliest phases of state formation (circa 3500 B.C.E.) through the Achaemenid Persian occupation of the Near East (circa 331 B.C.E.). Emphasis will be on art, artifacts, monuments, religion, kingship and the cuneiform tradition. The survival of the cultural legacy of Mesopotamia into later ancient and Islamic traditions will also be addressed. Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies. Offered in Spring 2013.

ARCH B244 Great Empires of the Ancient Near East (Cross-listed as CITY B244, HIST B244 and POLS B244)

Staff
A survey of the history, material culture, political and religious ideologies of, and interactions among, the five great empires of the ancient Near East of the second and first millennia B.C.E.: New Kingdom Egypt, the Hittite Empire in Anatolia, the Assyrian and Babylonian Empires in Mesopotamia, and the Persian Empire in Iran. Counts towards Middle Eastern Studies. Not offered in 2012-13.

ARCH B245 The Archaeology of Water

Staff
This course examines the distribution of water throughout the Middle East and Mediterranean and the archaeology of water exploitation and management over the last 12,000 years. Recent anthropological models that challenge the concept of “hydraulic civilization” are emphasized as are contemporary attempts to revive traditional and ancient technologies to preserve and better manage modern water resources. Counts toward Environmental Studies and Geoarchaeology. Not offered in 2012-13.

ARCH B255 Show and Spectacle in Ancient Greece and Rome (Cross-listed as CSTS B255 and CITY B260)

Staff
A survey of public entertainment in the ancient world, including theater and dramatic festivals, athletic competitions, games and gladiatorial combats, and processions and sacrifices. Drawing on literary sources, with attention to art and the archaeology and topography, we will explore the social, political and religious contexts of ancient spectacle. Special consideration will be given to modern equivalents of staged entertainment and representation of ancient spectacle in contemporary film and interpretive approaches such as gaze studies and carnivalesque. Not offered in 2012-13.

ARCH B268 Greek and Roman Architecture (Cross-listed as CITY B268 and HART B268)

Staff
A survey of Greek and Roman architecture taking into account building materials, construction techniques, various forms of architecture in their urban and religious settings from an historical and social perspective. Not offered in 2012-13.

ARCH B270 GeoArchaeology (Cross-listed as ANTH B270 and GEOL B270)

D.Barber, P.Magee
Societies in the past depended on our human ancestors’ ability to interact with their environment. Geoarchaeology analyzes these interactions by combining archaeological and geological techniques to document human behavior while also reconstructing the past environment. Course meets twice weekly for lecture, discussion of readings and hands-on exercises. Prerequisite: one course in anthropology, archaeology or geology. Counts toward the Geoarchaeology concentration. Offered in Spring 2013.

ARCH B301 Greek Vase-Painting

A.Lindenlauf
This course is an introduction to the world of painted pottery of the Greek world, from the 10th to the 4th centuries B.C.E. We will interpret these images from an art-historical and socio-economic viewpoint. We will also explore how these images relate to other forms of representation. Prerequisite: one course in classical archaeology or permission of instructor. Offered in Fall 2012.

ARCH B303 Classical Bodies (Cross-listed as HART B305)

Staff
AAn examination of the conceptions of the human body evidenced in Greek and Roman art and literature, with emphasis on issues that have persisted in the Western tradition. Topics include the fashioning of concepts of male and female standards of beauty and their implications; conventions of visual representation; the nude; clothing and its symbolism; the athletic ideal; physiognomy; medical theory and practice; the visible expression of character and emotions; and the formulation of the “classical ideal” in antiquity and later times. Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies. Not offered in 2012-13.

ARCH B305 Topics in Ancient Athens (Cross-listed as CITY B305)

This course is an introduction to the Acropolis of Athens, perhaps the best-known acropolis in the world. We will explore its history, understand and interpret specific monuments and their sculptural decoration and engage in more recent discussions, for instance, on the role the Acropolis played in shaping the Hellenic identity Offered in Spring 2013.

ARCH B308 Ceramic Analysis

Staff
Pottery is a fundamental means of establishing the relative chronology of archaeological sites and of understanding past human behavior. Included are theories, methods and techniques of pottery description, analysis and interpretation. Topics include typology, seriation, ceramic characterization, production, function, exchange and the use of computers in pottery analysis. Laboratory work on pottery in the department collections. Counts toward the Geoarchaeology concentration. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Not offered in 2012-13.

ARCH B312 The Eastern Mediterranean in the Late Bronze Age

Staff
This course will cover economic and cultural interactions among the Levant, Cyprus, Anatolia, Egypt and the Aegean. We will study the politics and powers in the Eastern Mediterranean circa 1500 to 1100 B.C.E.—the Egyptian and Hittite empires, the Mitanni, Ugarit and Syro-Palestinian polities, Cyprus and the Mycenaeans. Topics include: metallurgy, mercantile systems, seafaring, the Sea Peoples, systems collapse and interpretive issues when working with archaeological and historical sources. Not offered in 2012-13.

ARCH B316 Trade and Transport in the Ancient World (Cross-listed as CITY B316)

P.Magee
Issues of trade, commerce and production of export goods are addressed with regard to the Bronze Age and Iron Age cultures of Mesopotamia, Arabia, Iran and south Asia. Crucial to these systems is the development of means of transport via maritime routes and on land. Archaeological evidence for traded goods and shipwrecks is used to map the emergence of sea-faring across the Indian Ocean and Gulf while bio-archaeological data is employed to examine the transformative role that Bactrian and Dromedary camels played in ancient trade and transport. Offered in Fall 2012.

ARCH B323 On the Trail of Alexander the Great

Staff
This course explores the world of Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic world on the basis of a variety of sources. Particular focus is put on the material culture of Macedonia and Alexander’s campaigns that changed forever the nature and boundaries of the Greek world. Prerequisite: a course in classical archaeology or permission of the instructor. Not offered in 2012-2013.

ARCH B324 Roman Architecture (Cross-listed as CSTS B324, HART B324)

R.Scott
The course gives special attention to the architecture and topography of ancient Rome from the origins of the city to the later Roman Empire. At the same time, general issues in architecture and planning with particular reference to Italy and the provinces from republic to empire are also addressed. These include public and domestic spaces, structures, settings and uses, urban infrastructure, the relationship of towns and territories, “suburban” and working villas, and frontier settlements. Prerequisite: ARCH 102. Offered in Fall 2012.

ARCH B328 Analysis of Geospatial Data Using GIS (Cross-listed as GEOL B328, BIOL B328 and CITY B328)

Staff
Advanced course in the analysis of geospatial data, theory, and the practice of geospatial reasoning. Counts toward Environmental Studies minor. Not offered in 2012-2013.

ARCH B330 Archaeological Theory and Method

Staff
A history of archaeology from the Renaissance to the present with attention to the formation of theory and method; special units on gender and feminist theory and post-modern approaches. Not offered in 2012-2013.

ARCH B352 Ancient Egyptian Architecture: The New Kingdom

M.Atac
A proseminar that concentrates on the principles of ancient Egyptian monumental architecture with an emphasis on the New Kingdom. The primary focus of the course is temple design, but palaces, representative settlements and examples of Graeco-Roman temples of the Nile Valley will also be dealt with. Offered in Spring 2013.

ARCH B355 Archaeology of the Achaemenid Empire in Cross Cultural Context

Staff
The Achaemenid Empire (538-332 B.C.E.) ruled the largest landmass of any of the ancient Near Eastern Empires. Attempts by archaeologists to understand the manner in which authority was asserted over this area have suffered from a reliance on biased historical sources, largely from the Classical World. This course uses archaeological data to re-examine the Achaemenid Empire in a global context. This data is examined through a methodological framework that emphasizes comparative studies of ancient and more recent Empires in Africa, the Americas, South Asia and the Mediterranean. Counts toward Middle East Studies. Not offered in 2012-13.

ARCH B398 Senior Seminar

A.Lindenlauf
A weekly seminar on topics to be determined with assigned readings and oral and written reports. Suggested topic: Landscapes in the Mediterranean. Offered in Fall 2012.

ARCH B399 Senior Seminar

A.Donohue
A weekly seminar on common topics with assigned readings and oral and written reports. Offered in Spring 2013.

ARCH B403 Supervised Work

P. Magee
Offered in Fall 2012

ARCH B508 Ceramic Analysis

Staff
Pottery is fundamental for establishing the relative chronology of archaeological sites and past human behavior. Included are theories, methods and techniques of pottery description, analysis, and interpretation. Topics are typology, seriation, ceramic characterization, production, function, exchange and the use of computers in pottery analysis. Laboratory in the collections. Not offered in 2012-2013.

ARCH B516 Trade and Transport in the Ancient World

P.Magee
Issues of trade, commerce and production of export goods are addressed with regard to the Bronze Age and Iron Age cultures of Mesopotamia, Arabia, Iran and south Asia. Crucial to these systems is the development of means of transport via maritime routes and on land. Archaeological evidence for traded goods and shipwrecks is used to map the emergence of sea-faring across the Indian Ocean and Gulf while bio-archaeological data is employed to examine the transformative role that Bactrian and Dromedary camels played in ancient trade and transport. Offered in Fall 2012.

ARCH B552 Egyptian Architecture: New Kingdom

M.Atac
A proseminar that concentrates on the principles of ancient Egyptian monumental architecture with an emphasis on the New Kingdom. The primary focus of the course is temple design, but palaces, representative settlements, and examples of Graeco-Roman temples of the Nile Valley will also be dealt with. Offered in Spring 2013.

ARCH B570 Geoarchaeology

P. Magee/D. Barber
Societies in the past depended on our human ancestors’ ability to interact with their environment. Geoarchaeology analyzes these interactions by combining archaeological and geological techniques to document human behavior while also reconstructing the past environment. Course meets twice weekly for lecture, discussion of readings and hands on exercises. Prerequisite: one course in anthropology, archaeology or geology. Offered in Spring 2013.

ARCH B605 The Concept of Style

Not offered in 2012-13.

ARCH B622 Classical Conception of the Human Figure

Staff
The representation of the human figure is so central to the art of the West that it is easy to accept it as a natural and inevitable concern and to overlook the problems it raises. This seminar will focus on some of the fundamental artistic, cultural and ideological issues surrounding the conceptions of the human form in classically based representations. The material to be considered will range from the art and literature of classical antiquity through contemporary critical approaches. Post-antique, non-classical and non-Western traditions perspectives are welcome. Proposed topics include: knowledge of the human body (including medical texts); individual and type; physiognomic analysis, proportions and canons; the ideal; representations of mental states; representation of movement (including drama and dance); anthropomorphism and the divine; masks; and costume, and alterations. Not offered in 2012-2013.

ARCH B623 On the trail of Alexander the Great

Staff
This course explores the world of Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic world based on a variety of sources. Particular focus is put on the material culture of Macedonia and Alexander’s campaigns that changed forever the nature and boundaries of the Greek world. Prerequisite: a course in Classical Archaeology or permission of the instructor. Not offered in 2012-2013.

ARCH B625 Historiography of Ancient Art

A.Donohue
Our understanding of the material culture of classical antiquity and related civilizations, including the post-antique West, rests on information and interpretive frameworks derived from ancient texts. This pro-seminar explores how the history of ancient art has been and continues to be written, with emphasis on the ancient texts, their historical and intellectual contexts, and the uses to which they have been put in a variety of historical formulations from antiquity through modern times. Offered in Fall 2012.

ARCH B632 Aegean Prehistory: Early and Middle Minoan Crete

Not offered in 2012-13.

ARCH B634 Problems in Greek Art

Not offered in 2012-13.

ARCH B636 Mycenaean Archaeology

An intensive survey of the archaeology of Late Bronze Age Greece focusing on the sites of the Mycenaean culture. Not offered in 2012-13.

ARCH B638 Archaeology of Assyria

M.Atac
A seminar focused on the art and architecture of the Neo-Assyrian Empire (883-612 BCE). Emphasis will be on the cities, palaces, and decorative programs of the major Neo-Assyrian kings. Offered in Fall 2012.

ARCH B639 Iron Age

P. Magee
In this course we examine the archaeology of Iran and its neighbors to the south, north and east from circa 1300 to 300 B.C. Through an analysis of archaeological data, we will examine questions related to subsistence strategies, trade and the response to imperial powers. The course incorporates an examination of the archaeology of the Achaemenid Empire. Offered in Spring 2013.

ARCH B652 Ancient Egyptian Architecture: The New Kingdom

Staff
A proseminar that concentrates on the principles of ancient Egyptian monumental Architecture with an emphasis on the New Kingdom. The primary focus of the course is temple design, put palaces, representative settlements, and examples of Graeco-Roman temples of the Nile Valley will also be dealt with. Not offered in 2012-2013.

ARCH B669 Ancient Greece and the Near East

Staff
Approaches to the study of interconnections between Ancient Greece and the Near East, mainly in the Iron Age, with emphasis on art, architecture and intellectual perspective. Not offered in 2012-2013.

ARCH B672 Archaeology of Rubbish

Not offered in 2012-13.

ARCH B673 Thera Mycenae, Knossos

Not offered in 2012-13.

ARCH B680 Problems in the Archaeology of Mesopotamian

Not offered in 2012-13.

ARCH B692 Archaeology of Achaemenid Era

Staff
The course explores the archaeology of the Achaemenid Empire. It will be offered in conjunction with Professor Lauren Ristvet (UPENN) and will cover the archaeology of the regions from Libya to India from 538 to 332 C.E.. Students will be expected to provide presentations as well as written work.Not offered in 2012-2013.

ARCH B696 Kingship and Early States

Staff
A Comparative study of the origin of kingship and the rise of early states in the ancient Near East and Egypt with special attention to the iconography and textual sources of kingship and statehood. Not offered in 2012-2013.

ARCH B701 Supervised Work

A.Donohue/M.Atac/P.Magee/A.Lindenlauf
Not offered in 2012-13.