CLSC 280

The Archaeology of the Mediterranean World

This course introduces students to the field of classical archaeology, both describing 'how to do' archaeology (that is, the techniques of locating, retrieving, and analyzing remains) and reflecting upon how the nature of these techniques influences our understanding of the past. Students discuss specific archaeological sites in their historical, social, anthropological, economic, religious, and architectural contexts. Students explore these sites not as monuments to be admired, but as a means to understand archaeology as a discipline. Attention is given to issues relevant to classical archaeology today, including the lootingof ancient sites, issues of cultural property, and ethics in archaeology. Students thus gain an appreciation of the complexities of present-day archaeological research and to both the benefits and limitations of the role of archaeology in creating our images of the past.