Archaeology

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
Harvard Hall 101

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

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