Archaeology

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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ANTHRO 1435 - Challenging Collections: Critical Reflections on Collecting Through Harvard’s History

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2022

Profs. Diana Loren, Ilisa Barbash, and Ingrid Ahlgren
Mon. 12:00 PM - 2:45 PM 
Peabody 12

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.... Read more about ANTHRO 1435 - Challenging Collections: Critical Reflections on Collecting Through Harvard’s History

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

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2022

Prof. Patricia Capone
Thurs. 12:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Vanserg 23

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 1058/2058 - Bias in Archaeology

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2022

Prof. Rowan Flad and Jess Beck 
Weds. 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Peabody 561

This seminar will focus broadly on bias in archaeology, covering issues of bias in authorship, citations, accessibility, popular media coverage, fieldwork, training and education, hiring and promotion and other related topics. We will also address recent research that focuses on disrupting patterns of bias in some of these areas. Students will engage in original research or synthesize research topics in one or more of these areas for their final project.... Read more about ANTHRO 1058/2058 - Bias in Archaeology

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

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2022

Prof. Amy Clark
Mon. and Weds. 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Peabody 561

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 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 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 97X - Sophomore Tutorial in Archaeology

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2022

Prof. Amy Clark
Mon. 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Peabody 561

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.

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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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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