Academics

Courses of Interest
 

ANTHRO 2000: Osteoarchaeology Lab
Peabody Museum 35B

Offered Fall 2018: Wednesday 03:00 PM - 05:45 PM
Introduction to the osteoarchaeological analysis. Identification of animal bones and teeth from archaeological sites using comparative materials and their characterization employing visual, metric, and microscopic methods.

 ANTHRO 1130: Archaeology of Harvard Yard
Fall 2018-2019 / Section: 001 / Class number: 18330
Vanserg 23 (FAS)

Offered Fall 2018: Thursday 12:00 PM - 02:45 PM
Archaeological data recovered from Harvard Yard provide a richer and more nuanced view of the 17th through 19th century lives of students and faculty in Harvard Yard, an area that includes the Old College and Harvard Indian College. Students will excavate in Harvard Yard, process and analyze artifacts, and report on the results. Additional topics to be covered include regional historical archaeology, research design, surveying, archival research, stratigraphy, and artifact analysis.

 ANTHRO 1010: The Fundamentals of Archaeological Methods & Reasoning
Section: 001 / Class number: 12217
Art Museums Menschel Hall

Offered Fall 2018: Monday 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM; Wednesday 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
A comprehensive introduction to the practice of archaeology and major themes from our human past: how do archaeologists know where to dig? How do we analyze and understand what we find? What do we know about the origins of the human species, agriculture, cities, and civilization? The course integrates methods and theory, and utilizes Peabody Museum collections, to show how we reconstruct ancient diet, trade, and political systems. We also explore the role of archaeology in colonialism, modern politics, and film.

E-PSCI 50: The Fluid Earth: Oceans, Atmosphere, Climate, and Environment
Section: 001 / Class number: 16591
Geological Museum 102 (FAS)
Tuesday 10:00 AM - 11:29 AM; Thursday 10:00 AM - 11:29 AM

This course introduces students to the fluid Earth, emphasizing Earth's weather and climate, the carbon cycle, and global environmental change. The physical concepts necessary for understanding the structure, motion and energy balance of the atmosphere, ocean, and cryosphere are covered first, and then these concepts are applied in exploring major earth processes. Examples from Earth's past history, on-going changes in the climate, and implications for the future are highlighted.

CLS-STDY 232 / Mobility and Identity in the Roman World
Boylston 203

Offered Fall 2018: Thursday, 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
This course considers how identity increased, limited, controlled, or otherwise shaped the mobility of individuals and groups in the Roman world, including women, slaves, freedpeople, and diaspora communities (e.g., Romans in non-Roman contexts, and also Jews). We will identify the structures that produced differences in mobility and consider how such groups understood and represented themselves in a variety of media as possessing a specific, shared identity and community. The course will draw on a range of primary sources, including inscriptions and literary texts (both poetry and prose), covering the period from  the third century BCE to the third century CE and derived from the entire Roman world, with a particular focus on well-studied and demographically diverse locales such as the island of Delos. Since interdisciplinary methodology and discussions about how to employ it will be central to our investigations, all primary texts will be read in translation, so as to open up the course to students from any department. Students who wish to read texts in Latin or Greek are welcome to join an optional session that will be scheduled after the start of the semester.