Department of Classics

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CLST 129 - Introduction to Archaeology (F/W)

CLST 129 provides a two semester introduction to the history and development of archaeology as an academic discipline, with an emphasis on classical archaeology. Our study begins with an introduction to the ancient cultures of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Italy. We then examine how ancient artifacts and ruins have been perceived by subsequent cultures from ancient to modern times. During the second semester, the course shifts to the modern era and examines how archaeology is done today. Particular emphasis will be placed on the methods of obtaining evidence by excavation and survey, the evaluation of artifacts and ecofacts, the reconstruction of ancient environments and cultures, and modern attitudes towards cultural heritage. This course is recommended as a prerequisite for anyone hoping to go on an archaeological project or work with artifacts.

ASSESSMENT:  2 midterm exams; 1 end of semester exam; 1 assignment
TEXTBOOK(S):  Fall Term: none;  Winter Term: Archaeology Essentials (3rd Ed.), by Colin Renfrew, Paul Bahn
INSTRUCTOR:  Dr. Barbara Reeves