Classes

    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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    ANTHRO 1208 - Prehistoric Technology: Ancient China

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2021

    Prof. Rowan Flad
    Tues. and Thurs. 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
    Peabody 561

    In this course we examine prehistoric technology through the lens of case studies from Chinese archaeology. We will begin with a focus on general concepts in the archaeology of technology. After providing this thematic foundation, we explore specific examples of technologies that have become a focus of archaeological attention in China: lithics, ceramics, plant and animal domesticates, architecture, hydrological engineering, textiles, metallurgy, divination technology and writing.

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    ANTHRO 2250B - Proseminar in Archaeology

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2021

    Prof. Jason Ur
    Thurs. 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    Peabody 12

    This graduate seminar reviews critical issues in archaeological approaches to the study of complex societies, including writing, trade, craft specialization, technology, landscape, urbanism, and political organization.

    ANTHRO 1182 - People of the Sun: The Archaeology of Ancient Mexico

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2021

    Prof. Jenny Carballo
    Mon. and Wed. 12:00 PM - 01:15 PM
    Peabody 12

    Course video

    This course provides a broad overview of the archaeology of ancient Mexico and Central America, focusing on the Indigenous cultures of highland Mexico such as the Aztecs and Zapotecs, as well as their predecessors and contemporary descendants.... Read more about ANTHRO 1182 - People of the Sun: The Archaeology of Ancient Mexico

    ANTHRO 1033 - Archaeology of Inequality

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2021

    Prof. Jess Beck
    Tues. and Thurs. 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
    Peabody 561 

    In 2018, Oxfam reported that the 26 richest people on the planet had the same net worth as half of the global population. The rampant wealth disparities in the modern world lead us to ask whether inequality is an inescapable component of all societies. Through its unique access to the deep time of human prehistory, archaeology allows us to question myths and just-so stories about the origins and inevitability of inequality.... Read more about ANTHRO 1033 - Archaeology of Inequality

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

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2022

    Prof. Peter Der Manuelian
    Mon. and Wed. 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

    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 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
    Peabody 12

    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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