The Syllabus can be viewed below or can be downloaded here.

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

MALS 745000

Wednesday 4:15-6:15

ROOM: 7395 [except Nov 12th & Dec 10th in Rm. C196.02]

Office: 4110

Office Hours: Wednesday, 2-4 and by appointment

Email: emacaulay_lewis@gc.cuny.edu

Telephone Office: 212-817-1830

Cell: 646-334-5916 (please do not call after 9:30 pm)

 Course Introduction:

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 to understand how archaeology has contributed to our knowledge of these sites. Each class is composed of an hour of lecture, followed by a seminar that 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 an introduction to major archaeological theories and debates
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the 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

Course Requirements

(1)   Attendance at all lectures and seminars

(2)   Completion of all readings (most readings are on dropbox in the class folder)

(3)   Active and informed participation in class, including online contributions to the course website (15%)

  1. This will include contributions to the Digital Resources Page on the website throughout the course and the posting of your abstracts to the Abstracts Page (see below)
  2. Digital Resource Posting – Due by class on October 1st 2014 – Week 4.

i.     This assignment requires each student to find three good digital resources on archaeology (broadly defined), archaeological evidence or a specific site. This resource should be free (open-access).

ii.     You must also annotate the references, i.e. explain in no more than 2-3 short sentences why the site is helpful.

iii.     The three resources may not be able the same topic or be of the same genre (i.e., you cannot post three museum sites)

Two assignments: Paper and Digital Site Report

1.  Short paper on an archaeological technique, methodology, theory, or class of evidence (35%)

  • 2,500-3,000 word paper that discusses an archaeological theory, methodology, or type of evidence. The importance of the technique, methodology, or the evidence should be discussed. The technical aspects of technique may also be addressed. A student new to archaeology should be able to read your paper and understand the archaeological technique, methodology, theory, or class of evidence discussed.
    Students are encouraged to discuss their papers with the instructor, who must approve their topic.
  • All papers should be double-spaced and must be properly referenced (in text citations or footnotes are fine, please do not use endnotes). Images should be included when appropriate. A bibliography must also be submitted. The format of the bibliography should be consistent.
  • Please include the word count of the paper. Papers more than 3,000 words will be read, nor will papers that are less than 2,500 words.
  • This paper maybe be revised and resubmitted, as this course aims to help students develop their academic writing.
  • All papers may be rewritten and returned only within one week of being returned to the student by the instructor. Papers submitted after a week will not be accepted.
  • Students are required to write a 400 word abstract (no more) that summarizes their paper. These are to be submitted with the paper and should be posted to the “Abstracts” page on the course website, so that other students can read them to learn about other types of archaeology and archaeological evidence.
  • Grades between the original paper and revised paper are averaged.
  • All papers and abstracts are due on October 15th at the start of class. Electronic copies are preferred. All images must be submitted in a separate file (via email, sendthisfile.com, or dropbox).
  • All late papers will be marked down by 1/3 of a grade. Extensions will be granted only with good reason and if asked for at least 24 hours in advance.

2.  Digital Site Report (50%)

  • Rather than writing a traditional research paper, students will create a digital site report (effectively a website) about a site of their choice from the Classical, Late Antique, or Islamic worlds that has not been discussed in class; this site can be a city or a smaller, specific site or building. The site must be discussed with instructor and must be selected by November 12th.
  • The website will be created using wordpress in the CUNY Academic Commons
  • This project aims to teach students how to interpret a site from an archaeological perspective and to present their findings in a digital format
  • Students will submit a digital portfolio, detailing the links, plug-ins, and other media that they intend on using to the instructor by November 19th.
  • There will be two seminars dedicated to digital project (one to introduce students to wordpress and to demonstrate some of the digital skills required to create these site reports will be discussed and demonstrated; and second to critique the websites before they are due)
  • FINAL Digital Projects are due on December 15th at 9 am
  • All late projects will be marked down by 1/3 of a grade. Extensions will be granted only with good reason and if asked for at least 24 hours in advance.

 CUNY Academic Commons

The course will use the CUNY Academic Commons for communications. You will need to sign up using your GC email account. You will then be invited to join the group for our class and you will have access to the course’s website.

Possible Topics for Short Papers (other suggestions are possible)



Amphora and Pottery


Ground penetrating radar

Underwater / Maritime Archaeology

Archaeological science (i.e., DNA studies or chemical studies of residue)

An aspect of archaeological theory

Use of multi-spectrum imaging to retrieve color or to read papyri

Applications of computer technology to archaeology

Soil studies

Landscape archaeology

Water systems


Required Books (All on reserve in the GC library or you can purchase them)

  1. Renfrew, Colin, and Paul G. Bahn. 2010. Archaeology essentials: theories, methods, and practice. New York, NY: Thames & Hudson
  2. Bahn, Paul G. 2000. Archaeology: a very short introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  3. Alcock, Susan E. 1993. Graecia capta: the landscapes of Roman Greece. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  4. Tomber, R. 2008. Indo-Roman trade: from pots to pepper. London: Duckworth
  5. Haller, Douglas M. 2000. In Arab lands: the Bonfils collection of the University of Pennsylvania Museum. Cairo: American University in Cairo Press.

Week 1: Introduction to the course and the discipline of Archaeology

(September 3rd 2014)

No assigned readings

Week 2: Excavation and Theory (September 10th 2014)

Lecture: Introduction to the nature of evidence, excavation techniques and theory

Required Readings:

  1. Bahn, Paul G. 2000. Archaeology: a very short introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (PDF)
  2. Renfrew, Colin, and Paul G. Bahn. 2010. Archaeology essentials: theories, methods, and practice. New York, NY: Thames & Hudson, 60-103, 264-85. (On GC reserve)
  3. Read Paul Newall’s Article on theory and archaeology.

Suggested Readings:

  1. Praetzellis, Adrian. 2003. Dug to death: a tale of archaeological method and mayhem. Walnut Creek, Calif: AltaMira Press.
  2. Praetzellis, Adrian. 2000. Death by theory: a tale of mystery and archaeological theory. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press.
  3. Visit this website: http://www.staff.ncl.ac.uk/kevin.greene/wintro/chap6.htm and explore and read some of the links

 Week 3: Archaeological Survey (September 17th 2014)

Lecture: Introduction to Survey

Seminar: Graecia Capta – Attica in the post-Classical World

What does Sue Alcock’s Study Grecia Capta tell us about the transformation of Attica in the Hellenistic and Roman eras? Can survey only answer her questions? How does archaeology inform us about non-urban sites?

* Presentation by Gioia Stevens, librarian, on the Mina Rees Library and digital resources for archaeology and material culture studies*

Required Readings:

  1. Alcock, Susan E., and John F. Cherry. 2004. “Introduction.” Side-by-side survey: comparative regional studies in the Mediterranean World. Oxford: Oxbow. (PDF)
  2. Alcock, Susan E. 1993. Graecia capta: the landscapes of Roman Greece. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (PDF in sections, or GC reserve)
  3. Renfrew, Colin, and Paul G. Bahn. 2010. Archaeology essentials: theories, methods, and practice. New York, NY: Thames & Hudson, 103-139, on dating. (On GC reserve)

Suggested Readings:

  1. Banning, E. B. 2002. Archaeological survey. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.
  2. Kenawi, Mohamed, What do we know about the Roman presence in Beheira (Western Delta-Egypt)? AIAC Conference publication (PDF)
  3. Bradford, J. S. P. (1957) Ancient landscapes: studies in field archaeology. London.
  4. Barker, G. W. W. and Lloyd, J. A. (1991) (eds) Roman landscapes: archaeological survey in the Mediterranean region. Archaeological monographs of the British School at Rome 2. London.
  5. Barker, G. W. W. (1996) (ed.) Farming the desert. The UNESCO Libyan Valleys Archaeological Survey, 2 vols, Paris, Tripoli and London.
  6. Frankovich, R. and H. Patterson (eds.) (2000) Extracting Meaning from Ploughsoil Assemblages. The Archaeology of Mediterranean Landscapes 5. Oxford. – numerous papers.
  7. Witcher, R.E. (2006). Broken Pots and Meaningless Dots? Surveying the Rural Landscapes of Roman Italy. Papers of the British School at Rome 74: 39-72.

September 24th 2014 – NO CLASS

Week 4: Athens (October 1st 2014)

Lecture: Classical Athens: Introduction

Seminar: Ethics and Collecting: Where do the Elgin Marbles belong? And Why? What is the Geneva Convention of 1970 and why is it significant?

*Digital Resources Postings due before class*

Required Readings (on the Elgin Marbles):

  1. Merryman, John Henry. 1985. Thinking about the Elgin marbles. S.l: s.n. (PDF)
  2. For background on Athens and ancient Greece, visit http://smarthistory.khanacademy.org/ancient-greece-and-rome.html
    1. Listen to all of the Parthenon Marble discussions
  3. Also visit the timeline at the MET
    1. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/tacg/hd_tacg.htm
  4. King, Dorothy. 2006. The Elgin marbles. London: Hutchinson, 193-315. (PDF)
  5. NY Times article – http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/24/arts/design/24abroad.html?pagewanted=all
  6. Waxman, Sharon. 2008. Loot: the battle over the stolen treasures of the ancient world. New York: Times Books, 209-76. (PDF)

Suggested Readings (for the lecture):

  1. Camp, John. 2001. The archaeology of Athens. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  2. Hurwit, Jeffrey M. 1999. The Athenian Acropolis history, mythology, and archaeology from the Neolitic era to the present. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  3. Pedley, John Griffiths. 2007. Greek art and archaeology. New York: H.N. Abrams, chapters 6-8, 151-287.
  4. Hitchens, Christopher, Robert Browning, and Graham Binns. 1987. The Elgin marbles: should they be returned to Greece? London: Chatto & Windus. Or Revised edition
  5. Waxman, Sharon. 2008. Loot: the battle over the stolen treasures of the ancient world. New York: Times Books. Rest of the book (Getty and MET feature)
  6. Caskey, Miriam. “Perceptions of the New Acropolis Museum.” Museum Reviews AJA online (DOI: 10.3764/ajaonline1153.Caskey or http://www.ajaonline.org/online-review-museum/911)
  7. Article on the Geneva convention of 1970 (PDF)


Week 5: Petra and Interdisciplinary Archaeology at Jabal Harun (October 8th 2014)


Lecture: Petra, capital of the Nabataeans

Guest Lecture: “The Finnish Jabal Harun Project: multidisciplinary archaeology in action,” Dr. Marlena Whiting, Knowledge Exchange Fellow, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, University of Oxford.


Required Readings:

  1. Browning, I. 1973. Petra. London, 100-246 (PDF)
  2. Markoe, G., ed. 2003. Petra Rediscovered. London, 19-36, 65-73, 133-98 (chapters 1, 2, 5, 13, 14 and 15) (PDF)
  3. Lyttelton, M. and T. Blagg. 1990. “Sculpture in Nabataean Petra, and the Question of Roman Influence.” In Architecture and Architectural Sculpture in the Roman Empire, ed. by M. Henig, 91-107. (PDF)
  4. For Petra – archaeological projects
    1. http://proteus.brown.edu/bupap/home
    2. http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Joukowsky_Institute/Petra/
    3. http://petragarden.homestead.com/poolcomplex.html (out of date but gives you a sense)
  5. For Hegra / Madain salih – reports and archaeological projects
    1. http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/200704/new.pieces.of.mada.in.salih.s.puzzle.htm
    2. http://www.madainsaleh.net
    3. http://www.orient-mediterranee.com/spip.php?article654&lang=fr
  6. Reading for the guest lecture – TBC

Suggested Readings:

  1. Bowersock, G. W. 1983. Roman Arabia. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1-109.
  2. McKenzie, Judith. 1990. The architecture of Petra. Oxford
  3. Glueck, N. 1965. Deities and Dolphins. New York.
  4. Markoe, G., ed. 2003. Petra Rediscovered. London.
  5. McKenzie, Judith. 2013. The Nabataean temple at Khirbet et-Tannur, Jordan: final report on Nelson Glueck’s 1937 excavation.
  6. McKenzie, J.S., A.T. Reyes and A. Schmidt-Colinet. 1998. “Faces in the Rock at Petra andMedain Saleh.” PEQ 130: 35-50.
  7. Schmid, S.G. 2001. “The Nabataeans: Travellers between Lifestyles.” In The Archaeology of Jordan, ed. by B. MacDonald, R. Adams and P. Bienkowski, 367-426. Sheffield.
  8. Wenning, R. 2001. “The Betyls of Petra.” BASOR 234: 79-95.
  9. Nehmé, Laïla, and Lucy Wadeson. 2012. The Nabataeans in focus: current archaeological research at Petra : papers from the special session of the Seminar for Arabian Studies held on 29 July 2011.
  10. http://www.pef.org.uk/quarterly/ – publishes many reports about Nabateans
  11. Bedal, Leigh-Ann. 2003. The Petra pool-complex: a Hellenistic paradeisos in the Nabataean capital : (results from the Petra “lower market” survey and excavations, 1998). Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press.
  12. Konstantinos D. Politis. 2007. The world of the Nabataeans: volume 2 of the International Conference, The World of the Herods and the Nabataeans, held at the British Museum, 17-19 April 2001. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag – one article by Patrich is in the folder online.

Week 6 – Alexandria, Berenike and Red Sea Trade (October 15th)

Lecture: Alexandria

Seminar: Maritime Archaeology and trade. How complex was the Roman economy? How global was Roman trade?

*First papers and abstracts due via email before class. Any papers received after 6:30 pm, without an extension, will be considered late and marked down by 1/3*

Please also post your abstracts to the “Abstracts” page on the commons. Please include your paper’s title and your name


  1. Tomber, R. 2008. Indo-Roman trade: from pots to pepper. London: Duckworth, 1-87 (Chapters 1-3). (Read PDF 1 in sections, On reserve at the GC Library)
  2. Robinson, Damian, and Andrew Wilson. 2011. Maritime archaeology and ancient trade in the Mediterranean. Oxford: Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology. (PDF)
    1. Read Wilson – two articles Introduction and Shipping trade
  3. Sidebotham, Steven E. 2011. Berenike and the ancient maritime spice route. Berkeley: University of California Press. Chapter 5 (55-68), Chapters 10-12, 195-258 (via Ebrary.com – you must login in through the GC library website to read the chapters),

Suggested Readings (especially for the lecture);

  1. Empereur, J.-Y., and Stéphane Compoint. 1998. Alexandria rediscovered. New York: G. Braziller. 1-153 (PDF)
  2. McKenzie, Judith. 2007. The architecture of Alexandria and Egypt, c. 300 B.C. to A.D. 700. New Haven, Conn: Yale University Press.
  3. Robinson, Damian, and Andrew Wilson. 2010. Alexandria and the North-Western delta: Joint conference proceedings of Alexandria: City and Harbour (Oxford 2004) and the Trade and Topography of Egypt’s North-West Delta, 8th Century BC to 8th Century AD (Berlin 2006). Oxford: Oxford University School of Archaeology.

***Talk on Syria’s archaeological heritage at 6:30 at the GC***

Destruction and Documentation: Saving Syria’s Cultural Heritage – Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis

Week 7: Rome and virtual world archaeology (October 22nd)

Lecture: Augustan Rome: the eternal city

Seminar: Rome Reborn: Are digital humanities and virtual world archaeology the future of archaeology?

Required Readings:

  1. http://www.romereborn.virginia.edu/ – visit the website, read text, and play with the model
  2. Guidi, G., B. Frischer, et al., 2005. “Virtualizing Ancient Rome: 3D Acquisition and Modeling of a Large Plaster-of-Paris Model of Imperial Rome,” Videometrics VIII, edited by J.-Angelo Beraldin, Sabry F. El-Hakim, Armin Gruen, James S. Walton, 18-20 January 2005, San Jose, California, USA, SPIE, vol. 5665, 119-133 (PDF)
  3. Frischer, B., 2008. “The Rome Reborn Project. How Technology is helping us to study history,” OpEd, November 10, 2008. University of Virginia. (PDF)
  4. Frischer, B. and P. Stinson, 2007. “The Importance of Scientific Authentication and a Formal Visual Language in Virtual Models of Archaeological Sites: The Case of the House of Augustus and Villa of the Mysteries,” in Interpreting The Past: Heritage, New Technologies and Local Development. Proceedings of the Conference on Authenticity, Intellectual Integrity and Sustainable Development of the Public Presentation of Archaeological and Historical Sites and Landscapes, Ghent, East-Flanders, 11-13 September 2002. Flemish Heritage Institute, Ename Center for Public Archaeology and Heritage Presentation. 2007, Brussels, Belgium. PDF online (PDF)
  5. Frischer, B., D. Abernathy, F.C. Giuliani, R. Scott, H. Ziemssen, 2006. “A New Digital Model of the Roman Forum,” in “Imaging Ancient Rome. Documentation-Visualization-Imagination,” edited by Lothar Haselberger and John Humphrey, Journal of Roman Archaeology, Supplementary Series 61, 163-182. (PDF)
  6. For background podcasts, visit http://smarthistory.khanacademy.org/ancient-rome-an-introduction and listen to the tour of Rome in AD 320
  7. Listen to the entries on the Rome, especially the colosseum, the arch of titus and also see the links to the time-line of history at the MET on Augustus and the Julio-Claudians (http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/augs/hd_augs.htm)

Suggested Background Reading for Lecture:

  1. Claridge, Amanda. Guide to Rome.
  2. Favro, Diane G. 1996. The urban image of Augustan Rome. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Week 8: (October 29th 2014) New York Public Library Visit to look at Historical Photographs with Dr. Elizabeth Cronin, Assistant Curator of Photography

Required Readings:

  1. Baird, J.R. “Photographing Dura-Europos, 1928-1937: An Archaeology of the ArchiveAmerican Journal of Archaeology (July 2011), 115.3: pp. 427-446. (PDF)
  2. Haller, Douglas M. 2000. In Arab lands: the Bonfils collection of the University of Pennsylvania Museum. Cairo: American University in Cairo Press. (Reserve)

*Each student is expected to find one website where photographs by Bonfils, the American Colony in Jerusalem, Frank Good, the Palestine Exploration Society, or other historical photographs of the Middle East and Egypt are included. Please post them to the blog and discuss the website that you’ve found and why it is helpful.

Week 9: Archaeology and Identity: The question of Romanization in the western provinces (November 5th)

Seminar: Is Romanization a useful lens through which to study and understand cultural change and identity in the Roman Empire?

Required Readings:

  1. Webster, Jane. “Creolizing the Roman Provinces.” American Journal of Archaeology (2001): 209-225. (PDF)
  2. Woolf, Greg. “Beyond Romans and Natives.” World Archaeology 28, no. 3 (1997): 339-350. (PDF)
  3. Woolf, Greg. “Rethinking the Oppida.” Oxford Journal of Archaeology 12, no. 2 (1993): 223-234. (PDF)
  4. Van der Veen, M. 2008. Food as embodied material culture – diversity and change in plant food consumption in Roman Britain. Journal of Roman Archaeology 21: 83-110. (PDF)
  5. Cunliffe, Barry. Fishbourne: Roman Palace. Gloucestershire: Tempus Publishing Limited, 1999. (39-109 –PDF)

 Week 10: Digital Seminar Preparation (November 12th 2014) – Special Classroom C415B

Two questions to consider: What is Open Access? How do image rights work on the web?


  1. http://creativecommons.org/ – explore the creative commons website
  2. What is Open Access? Video – http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/what-is-open-access-an-explanatory-video-from-phd-comics/53077
  3. This Guardian Article on Open Access – http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2013/oct/21/open-access-myths-peter-suber-harvard
  4. Open Access Week – http://www.openaccessweek.org/page/about

Week 11: Between Empires: Pagans, Christians and Jews at Dura Europos (November 19th 2014)

*digital portfolios due via email before class*

What can the art and archaeology of Dura Europos tell us about different religions in late antiquity?

Required Readings:

  1. Chi, Jennifer, and Sebastian Heath. 2011. Edge of empires: pagans, Jews, and Christians at Roman Dura-Europos. New York, NY: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University – PLEASE READ INTRO AND CHAPTER 1
  2. http://media.artgallery.yale.edu/duraeuropos/  (for getting a sense of the site and its organization) and historical photographs of the site
  3. Stern, Karen B. “Mapping Devotion in Roman Dura Europos: A Reconsideration of the Synagogue Ceiling” American Journal of Archaeology 114:3 (July 2010), pp. 473-504. (PDF)
  4. Eslner, Jas. 2007 “Viewing and Resistance: Art and Religion in Dura Europos.” In Roman Eyes: Visuality and Subjectivity in Art and Text, ed. Jas Elsner. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2007: 253–87. (PDF)
  5. Deleeuw, P. 2011. “A peaceful pluralism: The Durene Mithraeum, synagogue, and Christian Building” in Dura-Europos: crossroads of antiquity. Chestnut Hill, Mass: McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, 189-200. (PDF)

Suggested Readings:

  1. Brody, Lisa R., and Gail L. Hoffman. 2011. Dura-Europos: crossroads of antiquity. Chestnut Hill, Mass: McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College
  2. Hoffman, Gail. “Theory and Methodology: Study of Identities using archaeological evidence from Dura-Europos” in Dura-Europos: crossroads of antiquity. Chestnut Hill, Mass: McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College,45-70. (PDF)
  3. Butcher, Kevin. 2003. Roman Syria and the Near East. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum.
  4. Cumont, Franz. “The Dura Mithraeum.” In Mithraic Studies: Proceedings of the First International Congress of Mithraic Studies, ed. J. R. Hinnels. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1975, 1:151–214.
  5. Sartre, Maurice, Catherine Porter, and Elizabeth Rawlings. 2007. The Middle East under Rome. Cambridge [u.a.]: Belknap Press of Harvard Univ. Press, esp. 297-350.
  6. Review Journal of Roman Archaeology 25 – articles by Stern and Baird

Week 12: The archaeology of Early Islam: mosques and numismatics

(November 26th 2014)

Lecture: Late Antiquity, Late Antique and early Islamic Jerusalem, and the coming of Islam.

Seminar: What does archaeology and coins tell us about the formation of the early Islamic “state”?

Required Readings:

  1. Milwright, Marcus. 2009. An introduction to Islamic archaeology. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1-58 (Introduction, chapters 1 and2).(PDF)
  2. J. Johns, ‘Archaeology and the History of Early Islam: The First Seventy Years’, Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 46 (2003), pp. 411-436. (PDF)
  3. P. Crone, ‘What do we actually know about Mohammed?’, http://www.opendemocracy.net/faith-europe_islam/mohammed_3866.jsp
  4. Alan Walmsley and Kristoff Dangaard, “The Umayyad congregational mosque of Jerash in Jordan and its relationship to early Mosques,” Antiquity 79 (2005): 362-378. (pdf)
  5. Cytryn-Silverman, Katia. 2009. “The Umayyad Mosque of Tiberias” Muqarnas 26, 37-61. (pdf)
  6. C. Foss, ‘Mu’awiya’s state’ in J. Haldon (ed.) Money, Power and Politics in Early Islamic Syria: A Review of Current Debates (Surrey, 2010), pp. 75-96. (PDF.)
  7. F.M. Donner, ‘The Formation of the Islamic State’, Journal of the American Oriental Society 56 (1986), pp. 283-296. (PDF.)
  8. Treadwell, W.L., ‘ʿAbd al-Malik’s coinage reforms: the role of the Damascus mint’, Revue numismatique, 2009 (PDF).
  9. Foss, C., “A Syrian coinage of Mu’awiya?”, Revue Numismatique, 158, 2002, 353–366.

 Suggested Readings:

  1. Holland, Tom. 2014. In the shadow of the sword: the birth of Islam and the rise of the global Arab empire. New York: Doubleday. (for a popular audience but it synthesizes a lot of the complex scholarly arguments)
  2. Grabar, Oleg. 2006. The Dome of the Rock. Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
  3. Robinson, C.F. ‘Abd al-Malik (Oxford, 2005). (PDF.)

Week 13: Selected Sites from the Islamic world: The desert palaces of the Umayyad Period, Samarra and the impact of warfare on archaeological sites (December 3rd 2014)

Lecture: The desert palaces and Samarra, the world’s largest archaeological site: How do applications of different archaeological methods at one site work together?

Seminar: How does war effect archaeological sites?

Reading list

  1. Northedge, The historical topography of Samarra, London, 2005, Ch 1, pp. 27-33, Ch. 6, pp. 133-50, and appendix. pp. 267-275 (PDF, on reserve at CUNY GC and scan). Read more of the book if time permits.
  2. Northedge, A. ‘Creswell, Herzfeld and Samarra’, Muqarnas 8 (1991) 74-93. (PDF)
  3. Ted Talk: Sarah Parcak: Archeology from space http://www.ted.com/talks/sarah_parcak_archeology_from_space.html
  4. The US Committee of Blue Shield: http://www.uscbs.org/board.htm
  5. Heritage for Peace (on Archaeological Sites in Syria): http://www.heritageforpeace.org/syria-culture-and-heritage/
  6. Ross Burns’ article for Critical Muslim (PDF)
  7. Bogdanos, Matthew. 2005“The Casualities of War: The Truth about the Iraq Museum.” American Journal of Archaeology, Vol. 109, No. 3 (Jul., 2005), pp. 477-526 (PDF)

Suggested Readings

  1. Fowden, Garth. 2004. Quṣayr ʻAmra art and the Umayyad elite in late antique Syria. Berkeley, Calif: University of California Press.
  2. Vibert-Guigue, Claude, Ghāzī Bīshah, and Frédéric Imbert. 2007. Les peintures de Qusayr ʻAmra: un bain omeyyade dans la bâdiya Jordanienne. Beyrouth: Institut français d’archéologie du Proche-Orient.

Week 14: Presentations of Digital Projects (December 10th 2014) – Special Classroom C196.02

 Please come having looked at the other students’ websites, with comments about other websites. Also please come with questions / points that you would like other students to comment upon in order to improve your own website.

 Digital Projects due on Monday December15th 2014 at 9 am

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