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    ANTHRO 97X - Sophomore Tutorial in Archaeology

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2022

    Prof. Amy Clark
    TBD 

    This course will focus on archaeological thinking, the cognitive skeleton of the discipline of archaeology, the principles and the logic that are the foundation of all archaeological conclusions and research. Central to this is an understanding of research design, archaeological theory and interpretation, culture and material culture; as well as an understanding of how to examine and construct an archaeological argument.

    This course is offered via the Archaeology track within Anthropology.

    ANTHRO 1038 - Game of Stones: The Archaeology of Europe from Handaxes to Stonehenge

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2022

    Prof. Amy Clark
    TBD

    Game of Stones: The Archaeology of Europe from Handaxes to Stonehenge Buried beneath modern cities, Roman amphitheaters, and Medieval churches lie subtle traces of Europes earlier occupants: campsites littered stone tools and animal bones, human bodies preserved in bogs and frozen in ice, and cave walls decorated with extinct animals.

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    ANTHRO 1058/2076 - Bias in Archaeology

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2022

    Prof. Rowan Flad
    TBD

    This course is offered in both a graduate and an undergraduate level. Please review the course syllabus prior to enrolling in the course to determine which section to enroll in.

    ANTHRO 1131 - Archaeology of Harvard Yard II: Laboratory Methods and Analysis

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2022

    Profs. Diana Loren and Patricia Capone
    TBD

    Open to students who participated in the fall term investigations in Harvard Yard, this course focuses on the detailed analysis of the materials recovered in the excavations, within the context of archival and comparative archaeological and historical research.

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    ANTHRO 1135 - Challenging Collections: Critical Reflections on Collecting Through Harvard’s History

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2022

    Profs. Diana Loren, Ilisa Barbash, and Ingrid Ahlgren
    TBD

    Harvard's museum collections have often been used to interrogate the world outside of us: peoples, events, places, and things. This course reverses that gaze and asks what the collections and the processes of collecting reveal about the history of Harvard and its institutional identity as the place of learning.

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    FRSEMR 44J - Clash of Titans, Seats of Empire: The Aztecs, Toltecs, and Race of Giants in Ancient Mexico

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2022

    Prof. Bill Fash
    Wed. 9:45AM - 11:45AM

    The film "Clash of Titans" was a British extravaganza dedicated to exploring the ancient Greeks' concepts of the interactions between humans and their gods. In Ancient Mexico, the tale of Topiltzin Quetzalcóatl, Toltec Prince of Tula is the best-known example of the intervention of rival gods in the affairs of kingdoms and empires. His tale and what was made of it by the Aztecs, and Spaniards, serves as the point of departure for our seminar. Just as the Greeks countenanced sacrifices and political assassinations, in Ancient Mexico the three great empires practiced human sacrifice, regicide, and warfare which was vital in their statecraft and economy.

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    GENED 1099 - Pyramid Schemes: What Can Ancient Egyptian Civilization Teach Us?

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2022

    Prof. Peter Der Manuelian
    Mon. and Wed. 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

    How much of your impression of the ancient world was put there by Hollywood, music videos, or orientalist musings out of the West? How accurate are these depictions? Does it matter? This course examines the quintessential example of the “exotic, mysterious ancient world” – Ancient Egypt – to interrogate these questions. Who has “used” ancient Egypt as a construct, and to what purpose? Did you know that pyramids, mummies, King Tut, and Cleopatra represent just the (overhyped) tip of a very rich civilization that holds plenty of life lessons for today?

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    FRSEMR 30G - Digging Egypt's Past: Harvard and Egyptian Archaeology

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2021

    Prof. Peter Der Manuelian
    Tues. 12:45 PM - 2:45 PM
    Emerson Hall 318

    Mysterious pyramids, colossal royal statues, tiny gold jewelry, decorated tomb chapels, temples, settlements, fortresses, and hieroglyphic inscriptions. This was the excavation legacy in Egypt and Sudan of Egyptologist George Reisner (1867–1942).

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    GENED 1105 - Can We Know Our Past?

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2021

    Profs. Rowan Flad and Jason Ur
    Mon. and Wed. 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
    CGIS South S010

    What happened in the past? How do you know? Even though today we take great pains to document every major event that occurs, more than 99% of human history is not written down. How, then, can we determine with any certainty what people did, let alone thought about, hundreds, thousands, and even millions of years ago?

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    GENED 1044 - Deep History

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2021

    Profs. Matthew Liebmann and Daniel Smail
    Tues. and Thurs. 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
    Harvard Hall 202

    When does history begin? To judge by the typical history textbook, the answer is straightforward: six thousand years ago. So what about the tens of thousands of years of human existence described by archaeology and related disciplines? Is that history too?

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    ANTHRO 98B - Junior Tutorial for Thesis Writers in Anthropology

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2022

    Prof. Michelle Choi
    By Arrangement

    This individual tutorial is for anthropology students intending to write a senior thesis, and is normally undertaken with an advanced graduate student during the second term of junior year. Students will have weekly meetings with the project advisor for the purposes of developing the appropriate background research on theoretical, thematic, regional, and methodological literature relevant to their thesis topic, and fully refining their summer research proposal. The tutorials final paper will be comprised of a research proposal representing...

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    ANTHRO 99B - Thesis Tutorial in Anthropology

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2022

    Prof. Michelle Choi
    By Arrangement

    This is a full year research and writing seminar limited to senior honors candidates. The course is intended to provide students with practical guidance and advice during the thesis writing process through structured assignments and peer feedback on work-in-progress. It is intended to supplement not replace faculty thesis advising (with the requirement of consulting regularly with the advisor built into the assignments) and, most importantly, allow students to share their work and experiences with other thesis writers in a collegial and...

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