2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog

Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology

Students may complete a major or minor in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology.

Faculty

Mehmet-Ali Ataç, Associate Professor
Alice A. Donohue, Chair and Rhys Carpenter Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology
Astrid Lindenlauf, Assistant Professor
Peter Magee, Professor
James C. Wright, Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology Department on the William R. Kenan, Jr. Chair

The curriculum of the department focuses on the cultures of the Mediterranean regions and the Near East in antiquity. Courses treat aspects of society and material culture of these civilizations as well as issues of theory, method and interpretation.

Major Requirements

The major requires a minimum of 10 and 1/2 courses. Core requirements are two 100-level courses distributed between the ancient Near East and Egypt and ancient Greece and Rome (of which two half-credit courses, e.g., ARCH 105, 106, 130, may count as one), the half-credit course ARCH 135 (Archaeological Fieldwork and Methods), and two semesters of the senior conference. At least two upper-level courses should be distributed between classical and Near Eastern subjects and one other should concern method and theory in archaeology (ARCH 330 or ANTH 220). Additional requirements are determined in consultation with the major adviser. Additional coursework in allied subjects may be presented for major credit but must be approved in writing by the major adviser; such courses are offered in the Departments of Anthropology, Geology, Greek, Latin and Classical Studies, Growth and Structure of Cities, and History of Art. In consultation with the major adviser, one course taken in study abroad may be accepted for credit in the major.

Each student’s course of study to meet major requirements will be determined in consultation with the undergraduate major adviser in the spring semester of the sophomore year, at which time a written plan will be designed. Students considering majoring in the department are encouraged to take the introductory courses early in their undergraduate career and should also seek advice from departmental faculty. Students who are interested in interdisciplinary concentrations or in study abroad during the junior year are strongly advised to seek assistance in planning their major early in their sophomore year.

Minor Requirements

The minor requires six courses. Core requirements are two 100-level courses distributed between the ancient Near East and Egypt and ancient Greece and Rome (of which two half-credit courses, e.g., ARCH 105, 106 or 130, may count as one) in addition to four other courses selected in consultation with the major adviser

Concentration in Geoarchaeology

The Departments of Anthropology, Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, and Geology offer a concentration in geoarchaeology for existing majors in these departments. Please consult with Professor Magee regarding this program. Please note that these requirements are separate from those for the major and cannot be double counted unless they first meet the above-described requirements for the major.

Requirements for the Concentration:

Two 100-level units from Anthropology, Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology (including ARCH 135, a half-credit course) or Geology, of which one must be from the department outside the student’s major.

ANTH/ARCH/GEOL 270: Geoarchaeology (Magee, Barber).
BIOL/ARCH/GEOL 328: Geospatial Data Analysis and GIS (staff).

Two elective courses, to be chosen in consultation with the major adviser, from among current offerings in Anthropology, Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology and Geology. One of these two courses must be from outside the student’s major. Suggested courses include but are not limited to ARCH 135 (HALF-CREDIT: Archaeological Fieldwork and Methods), ANTH 203 (Human Ecology), ANTH 220 (Methods and Theory), ARCH 330 (History of Archaeology and Theory), ANTH 225 (Paleolithic Archaeology), ANTH 240 (Traditional Technologies), ARCH 308 (Ceramic Analysis), ARCH 332 (Field Techniques), GEOL 202 (Mineralogy), GEOL 205 (Sedimentology), GEOL 310 (Geophysics), and GEOL 312 (Quaternary Climates).

Honors

Honors are granted on the basis of academic performance as demonstrated by a cumulative average of 3.5 or better in the major.

Independent Research

Majors who wish to undertake independent research, especially for researching and writing a lengthy paper, must arrange with a professor who is willing to advise them, and consult with the major adviser. Such research normally would be conducted by seniors as a unit of supervised work (403), which must be approved by the advising professor before registration. Students planning to do such research should consult with professors in the department in the spring semester of their junior year or no later than the beginning of the fall semester of the senior year.

Languages

Majors who contemplate graduate study in classical fields should incorporate Greek and Latin into their programs. Those who plan graduate work in Near Eastern or Egyptian may take appropriate ancient languages at the University of Pennsylvania, such as Middle Egyptian, Akkadian and Sumerian. Any student considering graduate study in classical and Near Eastern archaeology should study French and German.

Study Abroad

A semester of study abroad is encouraged if the program is approved by the department. Students are encouraged to consult with faculty, since some programs the department may approve may not yet be listed at the Office of International Programs. Students who seek major credit for courses taken abroad must consult with the major adviser before enrolling in a program. Major credit is given on a case-by-case basis after review of the syllabus, work submitted for a grade, and a transcript. Credit will not be given for more than one course and not for courses that are ordinarily offered by the department.

Fieldwork

The department strongly encourages students to gain fieldwork experience and assists them in getting positions on field projects in North America and overseas. The department is undertaking several field projects in which undergraduates may be invited to participate.

Professor Peter Magee conducts a for-credit field school at Muweilah, al-Hamriya and Tell Abraq in the United Arab Emirates. Undergraduate and graduate students in archaeology participate in this project, which usually takes place during the winter break. He sends an announcement about how to apply for a position in the fall of each year. Students who participate for credit sign up for a 403 independent study with Professor Magee.

Professor James Wright directs the Nemea Valley Archaeological Project in Greece, which has finished fieldwork and is currently under publication.

The department is collaborating with Professor Asli Özyar (Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College, 1991) of Bogaziçi University in Istanbul, in the Tarsus Regional Project, Turkey, sponsored by Bogaziçi University. This is a long-term investigation of the mound at Gözlükule at Tarsus, in Cilicia, which was first excavated by Hetty Goldman, A.B. 1903. Both undergraduate and graduate students in archaeology participate in this project and an announcement inviting applications is sent to all majors in the fall of each year.

Museum Internships

The department is awarded annually two internships by the Nicholas P. Goulandris Foundation for students to work for a month in the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens, Greece, with an additional two weeks at an archaeological field project. This is an all-expense paid internship for which students may submit an application. An announcement inviting applications is sent by the undergraduate adviser in the late fall or beginning of the second semester.

Opportunities to work with the College’s archaeology collections are available throughout the academic year and during the summer. Students wishing to work with the collections should consult Marianne Weldon, Collections Manager for Art and Artifacts.

Funding for Internships and Special Projects

The department has two funds that support students for internships and special projects of their own design. One, the Elisabeth Packard Fund for internships in Art History and Archaeology is shared with the Department of the History of Art, while the other is the Anna Lerah Keys Memorial Prize. Any declared major may apply for these funds. An announcement calling for applications is sent to majors in the spring, and the awards are made at the annual college awards ceremony in April.

COURSES

ARCH B101 Introduction to Egyptian and Near Eastern Archaeology: Egypt and Mesopotamia
A historical survey of the archaeology and art of the ancient Near East and Egypt.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B102 Introduction to Classical Archaeology
A historical survey of the archaeology and art of Greece, Etruria, and Rome.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Donohue,A.
(Spring 2014)

ARCH B104 Archaeology of Agricultural and Urban Revolutions
This course examines the archaeology of the two most fundamental changes that have occurred in human society in the last 12,000 years, agriculture and urbanism, and we explore these in Egypt and the Near East as far as India. We also explore those societies that did not experience these changes.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Geoarchaeology; Middle East Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B104
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Magee,P.
(Fall 2013)

ARCH B105 Introduction to Greek Art and Archaeology
This course examines the visual arts and material culture of the ancient Greek world, and reviews past and present approaches to archaeological and art historical research in the area. We will focus on the time span of roughly 1,000 years from the so-called Dark Age through the Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods, circa 1100 to 31 B.C.E. Proceeding more or less in chronological order, we will explore major excavated sites, such as Athens, Delphi, Olympia, and Pergamon, and discuss key examples of architecture, sculpture, painting, mosaics, and portable arts as documents of social, religious, and cultural history. This is a half-semester, half-credit course.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 0.5
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B106 Introduction to Roman Art and Archaeology
From its emergence in central Italy in the 8th century B.C.E., Rome developed into an empire extending from western Europe through the Near East. This course surveys Roman material culture through the 4th century C.E. Emphasis is on the interpretation of monuments and artifacts in historical and social context. This is a half-semester, half-credit course.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 0.5
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B110 The World Through Classical Eyes
A survey of the ways in which the ancient Greeks and Romans perceived and constructed their physical and social world. The evidence of ancient texts and monuments will form the basis for exploring such subjects as cosmology, geography, travel and commerce, ancient ethnography and anthropology, the idea of natural and artificial wonders, and the self-definition of the classical cultures in the context of the oikoumene, the “inhabited world.”
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): CSTS-B110; CITY-B110
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B125 Classical Myths in Art and in the Sky
This course explores Greek and Roman mythology using an archaeological and art historical approach, focusing on the ways in which the traditional tales of the gods and heroes were depicted, developed and transmitted in the visual arts such as vase painting and architectural sculpture, as well as projected into the natural environment.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): HART-B125; CSTS-B125
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Lindenlauf,A.
(Fall 2013)

ARCH B130 The Bronze Age
This short course is about the notion of the Bronze Age and its archaeological manifestation in the Aegean, Eastern Mediterranean and the Near East. It explores the notion that the discovery of metals and the development of metallurgy spurred the formation of “metal economies,” which led to the expansion of civilizations in the 3rd and 2nd millennia B.C.E. This is a half-semester, half-credit course.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 0.5
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B135 Focus: Archaeological Fieldwork and Methods
The fundamentals of the practice of archaeology through readings and case studies and participatory demonstrations. Case studies will be drawn from the archives of the Nemea Valley Archaeological Project and material in the College’s collections. Each week there will be a 1-hour laboratory that will introduce students to a variety of fieldwork methods and forms of analysis. This is a half semester Focus course.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Geoarchaeology
Units: 0.5
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B136 Focus: Archaeological Science
This is a half-semester Focus course offered as an introduction to the role of science in the contemporary practice of archaeology. Although it will often be sequential to another Focus course, ARCH 135: Archaeological Fieldwork and Methods, it is a stand alone offering that will be of interest to a broad range of students. Topics covered in the course will include: radiometric dating (especially 14c), palaeo-environmental reconstruction, sedimentary analysis and geochemical provenience methodologies. This course will include a 1 hour lab.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Geoarchaeology
Units: 0.5
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B140 The Visual Culture of the Ancient Near East
The visual culture of ancient Mesopotamia, a region with its heartland in modern Iraq, from the first city to the fall of Babylon in 539 BCE, includes images designed to gain favor of the gods, promote royal achievements and adorn the deceased on the journey to the afterlife. Particular emphasis placed on the visual analysis of royal and elite artistic production of architecture, sculpture and cylinder seals.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts towards: Middle East Studies
Crosslisting(s): HART-B140
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B203 Ancient Greek Cities and Sanctuaries
A study of the development of the Greek city-states and sanctuaries. Archaeological evidence is surveyed in its historic context. The political formation of the city-state and the role of religion is presented, and the political, economic, and religious institutions of the city-states are explored in their urban settings. The city-state is considered as a particular political economy of the Mediterranean and in comparison to the utility of the concept of city-state in other cultures.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B203
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B205 Greek Sculpture
One of the best preserved categories of evidence for ancient Greek culture is sculpture. The Greeks devoted immense resources to producing sculpture that encompassed many materials and forms and served a variety of important social functions. This course examines sculptural production in Greece and neighboring lands from the Bronze Age through the fourth century B.C.E. with special attention to style, iconography and historical and social context.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): HART-B204
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B206 Hellenistic and Roman Sculpture
This course surveys the sculpture produced from the fourth century B.C.E. to the fourth century C.E., the period beginning with the death of Alexander the Great that saw the transformation of the classical world through the rise of Rome and the establishment and expansion of the Roman Empire. Style, iconography, and production will be studied in the contexts of the culture of the Hellenistic kingdoms, the Roman appropriation of Greek culture, the role of art in Roman society, and the significance of Hellenistic and Roman sculpture in the post-antique classical tradition.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): HART-B206
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B209 Aegean Archaeology
The prehistoric cultures of the Aegean area beginning with the origins of agriculture (circa 6500 B.C.E.) and ending with the end of the Late Bronze Age (circa 1100 B.C.E.) with a focus on the palaces of Crete (Knossos, Phaistos, Mallia), Troy, the Aegean Islands (Akrotiri on Thera), and Mycenaean Greece (Mycenae, Tiryns, Thebes, Athens, Pylos).
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B211 The Archaeology and Anthropology of Rubbish and Recycling
This course serves as an introduction to a range of approaches to the study of waste and dirt as well as practices and processes of disposal and recycling in past and present societies. Particular attention will be paid to the interpretation of spatial disposal patterns, the power of dirt(y waste) to create boundaries and difference, and types of recycling.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): ANTH-B211
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Lindenlauf,A.
(Fall 2013)

ARCH B216 Hittite Archaeology
A survey of the art and archaeology of Hittite Anatolia from the Assyrian Trade Colony period through the Iron Age Syro-Hittite or Late Hittite cultures. The Early Bronze Age background and the interconnections with the Syro-Mesopotamian world are also addressed.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Ataç,M.
(Spring 2014)

ARCH B220 Araby the Blest: The Archaeology of the Arabian Peninsula from 3000 to 300 B.C.E.
A survey of the archaeology and history of the Arabian peninsula focusing on urban forms, transport, and cultures in the Arabian peninsula and Gulf and their interactions with the world from the rise of states in Mesopotamia down to the time of Alexander the Great.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B224 Women in the Ancient Near East
A survey of the social position of women in the ancient Near East, from sedentary villages to empires of the first millennium B.C.E. Topics include critiques of traditional concepts of gender in archaeology and theories of matriarchy. Case studies illustrate the historicity of gender concepts: women’s work in early village societies; the meanings of Neolithic female figurines; the representation of gender in the Gilgamesh epic; the institution of the “Tawananna” (queen) in the Hittite empire; the indirect power of women such as Semiramis in the Neo-Assyrian palaces. Reliefs, statues, texts and more indirect archaeological evidence are the basis for discussion.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Magee,P.
(Spring 2014)

ARCH B226 Archaeology of Anatolia
One of the cradles of civilization, Anatolia witnessed the rise and fall of many cultures and states throughout its ancient history. This course approaches the ancient material remains of pre-classical Anatolia from the perspective of Near Eastern archaeology, examining the art, artifacts, architecture, cities, and settlements of this land from the Neolithic through the Lydian periods. Some emphasis will be on the Late Bronze Age and the Iron Age, especially phases of Hittite and Assyrian imperialism, Late Hittite states, Phrygia, and the Urartu.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Middle East Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B228 The Archaeology of Iran: From the Neolithic to Alexander the Great
This course examines the archaeology of Iran from circa 6000 BC to the coming of Alexander the Great at the end of the fourth century BC. Through the course we examine the beginnings of agriculture, pastoralism and sedentary settlement in the Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods; Bronze Age interaction between Iran, Mesopotamia, south Asia and the Arabian Gulf; developments within the Iron Age; and the emergence of the Achaemenid Empire (538-332BC).
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Magee,P.
(Fall 2013)

ARCH B231 Medicine, Magic and Miracles in the Middle Ages
An exploration of the history of health and disease, healing and medical practice in the medieval period, emphasizing Dar as-Islam and the Latin Christian West. Using methods from intellectual cultural and social history, themes include: theories of health and disease; varieties of medical practice; rationalities of various practices; views of the body and disease; medical practitioners. No previous course work in medieval history is required. This course is a writing intensive (W) course.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): HIST-B231; CSTS-B231
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B234 Picturing Women in Classical Antiquity
We investigate representations of women in different media in ancient Greece and Rome, examining the cultural stereotypes of women and the gender roles that they reinforce. We also study the daily life of women in the ancient world, the objects that they were associated with in life and death and their occupations.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): HART-B234; CSTS-B234
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B236 The Archaeology of Syria
Recent excavations in Syria have contributed important data to the major issues in ancient Near Eastern archaeology, including the onset of agriculture, the emergence of social stratification, and the rise of urbanism and empire. From the Palaeolithic period to the end of the Iron Age (circa 16,000-300 B.C.E.), this course will present the material culture of Syria and its parallels in neighboring regions.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B240 Archaeology and History of Ancient Mesopotamia
A survey of the material culture of ancient Mesopotamia, modern Iraq, from the earliest phases of state formation (circa 3500 B.C.E.) through the Achaemenid Persian occupation of the Near East (circa 331 B.C.E.). Emphasis will be on art, artifacts, monuments, religion, kingship, and the cuneiform tradition. The survival of the cultural legacy of Mesopotamia into later ancient and Islamic traditions will also be addressed.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Middle East Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B244 Great Empires of the Ancient Near East
A survey of the history, material culture, political and religious ideologies of, and interactions among, the five great empires of the ancient Near East of the second and first millennia B.C.E.: New Kingdom Egypt, the Hittite Empire in Anatolia, the Assyrian and Babylonian Empires in Mesopotamia, and the Persian Empire in Iran.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Middle East Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B244; HIST-B244; CITY-B244
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Ataç,M.
(Spring 2014)

ARCH B245 The Archaeology of Water
This course examines the distribution of water throughout the Middle East and Mediterranean and the archaeology of water exploitation and management over the last 12,000 years. Recent anthropological models that challenge the concept of “hydraulic civilization” are emphasized as are contemporary attempts to revive traditional and ancient technologies to preserve and better manage modern water resources.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies; Geoarchaeology
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B255 Show and Spectacle in Ancient Greece and Rome
A survey of public entertainment in the ancient world, including theater and dramatic festivals, athletic competitions, games and gladiatorial combats, and processions and sacrifices. Drawing on literary sources and paying attention to art, archaeology and topography, this course explores the social, political and religious contexts of ancient spectacle. Special consideration will be given to modern equivalents of staged entertainment and the representation of ancient spectacle in contemporary film.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): CSTS-B255; HIST-B285; CITY-B260
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Baertschi,A.
(Fall 2013)

ARCH B260 Daily Life in Ancient Greece and Rome
The often-praised achievements of the classical cultures arose from the realities of day-to-day life. This course surveys the rich body of material and textual evidence pertaining to how ancient Greeks and Romans -- famous and obscure alike -- lived and died. Topics include housing, food, clothing, work, leisure, and family and social life.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): CSTS-B260; CITY-B259; ANTH-B260
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Donohue,A.
(Spring 2014)

ARCH B268 Greek and Roman Architecture
A survey of Greek and Roman architecture taking into account building materials, construction techniques, various forms of architecture in their urban and religious settings from an historical and social perspective.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): HART-B268; CITY-B268
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B270 Geoarchaeology
Societies in the past depended on our human ancestors’ ability to interact with their environment. Geoarchaeology analyzes these interactions by combining archaeological and geological techniques to document human behavior while also reconstructing the past environment. Course meets twice weekly for lecture, discussion of readings and hands on exercises. Prerequisite: one course in anthropology, archaeology or geology.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Geoarchaeology
Crosslisting(s): GEOL-B270; ANTH-B270
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B301 Greek Vase-Painting
This course is an introduction to the world of painted pottery of the Greek world, from the 10th to the 4th centuries B.C.E. We will interpret these images from an art-historical and socio-economic viewpoint. We will also explore how these images relate to other forms of representation. Prerequisite: one course in classical archaeology or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B303 Classical Bodies
An examination of the conceptions of the human body evidenced in Greek and Roman art and literature, with emphasis on issues that have persisted in the Western tradition. Topics include the fashioning of concepts of male and female standards of beauty and their implications; conventions of visual representation; the nude; clothing and its symbolism; the athletic ideal; physiognomy; medical theory and practice; the visible expression of character and emotions; and the formulation of the “classical ideal” in antiquity and later times.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): HART-B305; COML-B313
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B305 Topics in Ancient Athens
This course is an introduction to the Acropolis of Athens, perhaps the best-known acropolis in the world. We will explore its history, understand and interpret specific monuments and their sculptural decoration and engage in more recent discussions, for instance, on the role the Acropolis played in shaping the Hellenic identity.
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B305
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B308 Ceramic Analysis
Pottery is a fundamental means of establishing the relative chronology of archaeological sites and of understanding past human behavior. Included are theories, methods and techniques of pottery description, analysis and interpretation. Topics include typology, seriation, ceramic characterization, production, function, exchange and the use of computers in pottery analysis. Laboratory work on pottery in the department collections. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
Counts towards: Geoarchaeology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Magee,P.
(Spring 2014)

ARCH B312 The Eastern Mediterranean in the Late Bronze Age
This course will cover economic and cultural interactions among the Levant, Cyprus, Anatolia, Egypt, and the Aegean. We will study the politics and powers in the Eastern Mediterranean circa 1500 to 1100 B.C.E.—the Egyptian and Hittite empires, the Mitanni, Ugarit and Syro-Palestinian polities, Cyprus and the Mycenaeans. Topics include: metallurgy, mercantile systems, seafaring, the Sea Peoples, systems collapse, and interpretive issues when working with archaeological and historical sources.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B316 Trade and Transport in the Ancient World
Issues of trade, commerce and production of export goods are addressed with regard to the Bronze Age and Iron Age cultures of Mesopotamia, Arabia, Iran and south Asia. Crucial to these systems is the development of means of transport via maritime routes and on land. Archaeological evidence for traded goods and shipwrecks is used to map the emergence of sea-faring across the Indian Ocean and Gulf while bio-archaeological data is employed to examine the transformative role that Bactrian and Dromedary camels played in ancient trade and transport.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B316
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B323 On the Trail of Alexander the Great
This course explores the world of Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic world on the basis of a variety of sources. Particular focus is put on the material culture of Macedonia and Alexander’s campaigns that changed forever the nature and boundaries of the Greek world. Prerequisite: a course in classical archaeology or permission of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Lindenlauf,A.
(Spring 2014)

ARCH B324 Roman Architecture
The course gives special attention to the architecture and topography of ancient Rome from the origins of the city to the later Roman Empire. At the same time, general issues in architecture and planning with particular reference to Italy and the provinces from republic to empire are also addressed. These include public and domestic spaces,structures, settings and uses, urban infrastructure, the relationship of towns and territories, “suburban” and working villas, and frontier settlements. Prerequisite: ARCH 102.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Crosslisting(s): CSTS-B324; HART-B324
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B328 Analysis of Geospatial Data Using GIS
Analysis of geospatial data, theory, and the practice of geospatial reasoning.
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B328; GEOL-B328; BIOL-B328
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B330 Archaeological Theory and Method
A history of archaeology from the Renaissance to the present with attention to the formation of theory and method; special units on gender and feminist theory and post-modern approaches.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): ANTH-B330
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B352 Ancient Egyptian Architecture: The New Kingdom
A proseminar that concentrates on the principles of ancient Egyptian monumental architecture with an emphasis on the New Kingdom. The primary focus of the course is temple design, but palaces, representative settlements, and examples of Graeco-Roman temples of the Nile Valley will also be dealt with. Prerequisites: ARCH B101 or B230 or B244.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B355 Archaeology of the Achaemenid Empire in Cross Cultural Context
The Achaemenid Empire (538-332 B.C.E.) ruled the largest landmass of any of the ancient Near Eastern Empires. Attempts by archaeologists to understand the manner in which authority was asserted over this area have suffered from a reliance on biased historical sources, largely from the Classical World. This course uses archaeological data to re-examine the Achaemenid Empire in a global context. This data is examined through a methodological framework that emphasizes comparative studies of ancient and more recent Empires in Africa, the Americas, South Asia, and the Mediterranean.
Counts towards: Middle East Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B359 Topics in Classical Art and Archaeology
This is a topics course. Topics vary. A research-oriented course taught in seminar format, treating issues of current interest in Greek and Roman art and archaeology. Prerequisites: 200-level coursework in some aspect of classical or related cultures, archeology or art history.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Crosslisting(s): HART-B358; CSTS-B359
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Donohue,A.

Fall 2013: Current topic description: The topic is “illustration,” broadly construed, and considered as both a subject of and a tool for study. The course will include discussions of common readings and individual reports. Emphasis will be on primary materials and their interpretation. The course will involve a wide range of ancient and modern cognitive, technical, and historical issues such as the visual presentation of information, the documentation of artifacts, and the evidentiary value of illustrations.

ARCH B398 Senior Seminar
A weekly seminar on topics to be determined with assigned readings and oral and written reports.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Lindenlauf,A.
(Fall 2013)

ARCH B399 Senior Seminar
A weekly seminar on common topics with assigned readings and oral and written reports.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Ataç,M.
(Spring 2014)

ARCH B403 Supervised Work
Supervised Work
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Dept. staff, TBA
(Fall 2013)

ARCH B403 Supervised Work
Supervised Work
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Dept. staff, TBA
(Spring 2014)

ARCH B501 Greek Vase Painting
This course is an introduction to the world of painted pottery of the Greek world, from the 10th to the 4th centuries B.C.E. We will interpret these images from an art-historical and socio-economic viewpoint. We will also explore how these images relate to other forms of representation. Prerequisite: one course in classical archaeology or permission of instructor.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B505 Topics in Ancient Athens
This is a topics course. Topics vary. Previous topics include: Monuments and Art, Acropolis
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B508 Ceramic Analysis
Pottery is fundamental for establishing the relative chronology of archaeological sites and past human behavior. Included are theories, methods and techniques of pottery description, analysis, and interpretation. Topics are typology, seriation, ceramic characterization, production, function, exchange and the use of computers in pottery analysis. Laboratory in the collections.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Magee,P.
(Spring 2014)

ARCH B516 Trade and Transport in the Ancient World
Issues of trade, commerce and production of export goods are addressed with regard to the Bronze Age and Iron Age cultures of Mesopotamia, Arabia, Iran and south Asia. Crucial to these systems is the development of means of transport via maritime routes and on land. Archaeological evidence for traded goods and shipwrecks is used to map the emergence of sea-faring across the Indian Ocean and Gulf while bio-archaeological data is employed to examine the transformative role that Bactrian and Dromedary camels played in ancient trade and transport.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B530 Archaeological Theory & Method
A history of archaeology from the Renaissance to the present with attention to the formation of theory and method; special units on gender and feminist theory and post-modern approaches.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B552 Egyptian Architecture: New Kingdom
A proseminar that concentrates on the principles of ancient Egyptian monumental architecture with an emphasis on the New Kingdom. The primary focus of the course is temple design, but palaces, representative settlements, and examples of Graeco-Roman temples of the Nile Valley will also be dealt with.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B570 Geoarchaeology
Societies in the past depended on our human ancestors’ ability to interact with their environment. Geoarchaeology analyzes these interactions by combining archaeological and geological techniques to document human behavior while also reconstructing the past environment. Course meets twice weekly for lecture, discussion of readings and hands on exercises. Prerequisite: one course in anthropology, archaeology or geology.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B608 Mediterranean Landscape Archaeology
This course explores a range of approaches to the study of landscapes that relates to core principles of the field of archaeology. It also discusses the construction of specific landscapes in the Mediterranean (e.g., gardens, sacred landscapes, and memoryscapes).
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Lindenlauf,A.
(Spring 2014)

ARCH B622 Classical Conceptions of the Human Figure
The representation of the human figure is so central to the art of the West that it is easy to accept it as a natural and inevitable concern and to overlook the problems it raises. This seminar will focus on some of the fundamental artistic, cultural, and ideological issues surrounding the conceptions of the human form in classically based representations. The material to be considered will range from the art and literature of classical antiquity through contemporary critical approaches. Post-antique, non-classical, and non-Western traditions perspectives are welcome. Proposed topics include: knowledge of the human body (including medical texts); individual and type; physiognomic analysis, proportions and canons; the ideal; representations of mental states; representation of movement (including drama and dance); anthropomorphism and the divine; masks; costumes, and alterations.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B623 On the Trail of Alexander the Great
This course explores the world of Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic world based on a variety of sources. Particular focus is put on the material culture of Macedonia and Alexander’s campaigns that changed forever the nature and boundaries of the Greek world. Prerequisite: a course in Classical Archaeology or permission of the instructor.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Lindenlauf,A.
(Spring 2014)

ARCH B625 Historiography of Ancient Art
Our understanding of the material culture of classical antiquity and related civilizations, including the post-antique West, rests on information and interpretive frameworks derived from ancient texts. This pro-seminar explores how the history of ancient art has been and continues to be written, with emphasis on the ancient texts, their historical and intellectual contexts, and the uses to which they have been put in a variety of historical formulations from antiquity through modern times.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B634 Problems in Greek Art
This is a topics course. Topics vary. A seminar dealing with current issues in the art of ancient Greece and related traditions.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Donohue,A.

Fall 2013: Current topic description: The visual art of the classical cultures may be characterized as “representational” in both prevailing forms and content. Much of its representational content is classified as “narrative,” a category that has long occupied historians of Western art and culture. This seminar examines narrative art in ancient Greek and Roman art and related traditions, with emphasis on primary materials and on the historiographic context of the associated scholarship.

ARCH B636 Mycenaean Archaeology
An intensive survey of the archaeology of Late Bronze Age Greece focusing on the sites of the Mycenaean culture.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B638 Archaeology of Assyria
A seminar focused on the art and architecture of the Neo-Assyrian Empire (883-612 BCE). Emphasis will be on the cities, palaces, and decorative programs of the major Neo-Assyrian kings.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B639 The Iranian Iron Age
In this course we examine the archaeology of Iran and its neighbors to the south, north and east from c. 1300 to 300 BC. Through an analysis of archaeological data, we will examine questions related to subsistence strategies, trade and the response to imperial powers. The course incorporates an examination of the archaeology of the Achaemenid Empire.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B669 Ancient Greece and the Near East
Approaches to the study of interconnections between Ancient Greece and the Near East, mainly in the Iron Age, with emphasis on art, architecture, and intellectual perspective.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B672 Archaeology of Rubbish
This course explores a range of approaches to the study of waste and dirt as well as practices and processes of disposal and recycling in past and present societies. Particular attention will be paid to understanding and interpreting spacial disposal patterns, identifying votive deposits (bothroi), and analyzing the use of dirt(y waste) in negotiating social differences.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ARCH B680 Problems in the Archaeology of Mesopotamia
We will look at the art of second-millennium BCE states and empires of North, especially Mari, Mitanni, Middle Assyrian, and their interconnections with Anatolia and Egypt.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Ataç,M.
(Fall 2013)

ARCH B692 Archaeology of Achaemenid Era
The course explores the archaeology of the Achaemenid Empire. It will be offered in conjunction with Professor Lauren Ristvet (UPENN) and will cover the archaeology of the regions from Libya to India fro 538 to 332 BC. Students will be expected to provide presentations as well as written work.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Magee,P.
(Spring 2014)

ARCH B701 Supervised Work
Unit of supervised work
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Donohue,A., Ataç,M., Magee,P., Lindenlauf,A.
(Spring 2014)