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Great Digs: Important sites of the Classical, Late Antique and Islamic Worlds

This course introduces students to archaeological methods and important archaeological sites from the Classical, Late Antique and Islamic worlds. The two primary methods of archaeological inquiry – excavation and survey – are first introduced, discussed and problematized in this course. We will then consider specific sites – cities, towns and, in certain cases, residences – to understand how archaeology has contributed to our knowledge of these sites. Following the hour of lecture, each seminar will focus on the discussion of a question or a site.

By the end of the course students will be expected to:

  • Gain a knowledge of the principles of archaeological excavation and survey, as well as a major archaeological theories and debate
  • Demonstrate an understanding of major classes of archaeological evidence
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of important archaeological sites from the Classical, Late Antique and Islamic worlds.
  • Develop a working knowledge of wordpress and build a website

 

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