Situated between three continents, the Mediterranean Sea has always enabled the flow of people, things, and ideas. From the advent of cities in the ancient Near East, to the cultural developments of Greece and Rome, we can trace the impacts of interaction and exchange on the material remains of this region’s past. This class introduces the archaeological methods and theories that help us contextualize and interpret material culture. The things people made, used, and discarded tell us about how they lived, so we will examine a wide range of material evidence, including art, pottery, technology, architecture, and landscapes. Our focus will be the Bronze and Iron Ages of the 3rd through 1st millennia BCE. We will also discuss cultural heritage and the impact of archaeology in our contemporary world.
This course includes an optional fieldtrip to visit ancient archaeological sites in Greece and Turkey in May.