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ARKEO 1200 : Ancient Peoples and Places
Crosslisted as: ANTHR 1200 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
John Henderson
A broad introduction to archaeology-the study of material remains to answer questions about the human past. Case studies highlight the variability of ancient societies and illustrate the varied methods and interpretive frameworks archaeologists use to reconstruct them. This course can serve as a platform for both archaeology and anthropology undergraduate majors.
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ARKEO 2245 : Health and Disease in the Ancient World
Crosslisted as: ANTHR 2245, BSOC 2245 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Matthew Velasco
The history of humankind is also a history of health and disease; the rise of agricultural societies, ancient cities, and colonial empires had wide-ranging effects on diet and nutrition, the spread of infectious diseases, and occurrence of other health conditions. This history has also been shaped by complex interactions between environment, technology, and society. Using archaeological, environmental, textual, and skeletal evidence, we will survey major epidemiological transitions from the Paleolithic to the age of European conquest. We will also examine diverse cultural experiences of health, illness, and the body. How do medical practices from "pre-modern" societies, such as the medieval Islamic world and the Inca Empire, challenge dominant narratives of scientific development? The implications of past health patterns for modern-day communities will also be explored.
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ARKEO 2666 : Jerusalem the Holy in Judaism, Christianity and Islam
Crosslisted as: JWST 2666, NES 2666, RELST 2666 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Jeff Zorn
Jerusalem is a holy city to the adherents of the three great monotheistic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. For most of its existence it has also been a national capital or major provincial center for the many states and empires which vied for control of the vital land bridge connecting Africa, Europe and Asia. Thus many of the pivotal events which shaped western civilization were played out in the streets and structures of Jerusalem. This class will explore the history, archaeology, natural topography and role of Jerusalem throughout its long life, from its earliest remains in the Chalcolithic period (ca. 4000 B.C.E.) to the 19th century, including Jebusite Jerusalem, Jerusalem as the capital of the Davidic dynasty, the Roman era city of Herod and Jesus, the Crusaders and medieval Jerusalem, and Ottoman Jerusalem as the city entered the modern era. Students will examine the original historical sources (e.g. the Bible, Josephus, the Madeba map, etc.) which pertain to Jerusalem. PowerPoint lectures will be used to illustrate the natural features, man-made monuments, and artifacts which flesh out the textual material, providing a fuller image of the world's most prominent spiritual and secular capital.
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ARKEO 3000 : Undergraduate Independent Study in Archaeology and Related Fields
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Annetta Alexandridis
Benjamin Anderson
Caitlín Barrett
Sherene Baugher
Ananda Cohen-Aponte
Magnus Fiskesjo
Frederic Gleach
Kathryn Gleason
John Henderson
Kurt Jordan
Lori Khatchadourian
Sturt Manning
Christopher Monroe
Lauren Monroe
Verity Platt
Eric Rebillard
Nerissa Russell
Adam Smith
Barry Strauss
Matthew Velasco
Undergraduate students pursue topics of particular interest under the guidance of a faculty member.
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ARKEO 3090 : Introduction to Dendrochronology
Crosslisted as: ARKEO 6755, ARTH 3250, CLASS 3750, CLASS 6755, MEDVL 3750 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Carol Griggs
Brita Lorentzen
Introduction and training in dendrochronology and its application to archaeology, art history, and environment through participation in a research project dating ancient to modern tree-ring samples especially from the Mediterranean. Supervised reading and laboratory/project work. A possibility exists for summer fieldwork in the Mediterranean.
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ARKEO 3600 : Pre-Industrial Cities and Towns in North America
Crosslisted as: ARKEO 6660, CRP 3600, CRP 6660, LA 3600, LA 6660 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Sherene Baugher
Various American Indian civilizations as well as diverse European cultures have all exerted their influences on the organization of town and city living. The course considers how each culture has altered the landscape in its own unique way as it created its own built environments.
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ARKEO 3661 : Sumerian Language and Culture I
Crosslisted as: ARKEO 6661, SUMER 3661, SUMER 6661 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Jonathan Tenney
This course is an intense introduction for undergraduate and graduate students to the earliest written language, Sumerian, and its cuneiform script. Each week will feature grammar lessons and a reading of an important Sumerian historical or literary work in English translation. Through lecture and discussion, the class will explore the deep roots of the Sumerian historical memory, the origins of Mesopotamian civilization, and the role of the central government in the development of writing.
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ARKEO 3738 : Identity in the Ancient World
Crosslisted as: CLASS 3738, RELST 3738 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Astrid Van Oyen
Have you ever been asked 'who are you' or 'which group do you belong to'? You would have noted how the answer shifts according to who is asking, in which context, etc. While everyone is unique, the possible replies in any one situation are largely defined at the level of society. What is less often realized, however, is that identity shows in particular in ways of doing: what and how one eats; what one wears and when; how one moves in a space. Archaeology is in a unique position to investigate these questions, and the Greek and Roman worlds offer a fruitful test ground, both because of their varied evidence, and because of their peculiar echoing in the modern world and its manifold identities. This course will address current theories about identity and its formation, discuss the various facets of identity (e.g. gender, religion, ethnicity) in the Greek and Roman worlds, and introduce tools for studying identity in the past.
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ARKEO 4020 : Designing Archaeological Exhibits
Crosslisted as: ARKEO 6020, LA 4050, LA 6050 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Sherene Baugher
Students will learn method and theory on museum design and curation. The course also provides hands-on experience in designing and building exhibits for State Parks in the Finger Lakes. For the outreach component, students will work with staff from State Parks and Friends of the Parks.
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ARKEO 4246 : Human Osteology
Crosslisted as: ANTHR 4246, ANTHR 7246, ARKEO 7246 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Matthew Velasco
This is an intensive laboratory course in the study of human skeletal remains. A detailed knowledge of skeletal anatomy is fundamental to forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, and the medical sciences. This course teaches students how to identify all 206 bones and 32 teeth of the human skeleton, in both complete and fragmentary states. Students will also learn osteological methods for establishing a biological profile (age-at-death, sex, stature, and biological affinity) and documenting skeletal trauma and pathological lesions. Hands-on laboratory training will be supplemented by case studies that demonstrate the importance of human osteology for criminal investigations in the present and the study of health and violence in the past. The ethics of working with human remains are also discussed.
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ARKEO 4256 : Time and History in Ancient Mexico
Crosslisted as: ANTHR 4256, ANTHR 7250, ARKEO 7250, LATA 4250, LATA 7250 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
John Henderson
An introduction to belief systems in ancient Mexico and Central America, emphasizing the blending of religion, astrology, myth, history, and prophecy. Interpreting text and image in pre-Columbian books and inscriptions is a major focus.
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ARKEO 4354 : Byzantine Archaeology
Crosslisted as: ARKEO 6354, ARTH 4354, ARTH 6354, CLASS 6754, NES 4354, NES 6354 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Benjamin Anderson
A seminar on the archaeology of the Byzantine Empire, from the late Roman through to the early modern periods. Topics to be covered include: long-term changes in settlement patterns and urban development; the material traces of state and monastic control over productive landscapes; the idea of the border and the nature of its defense; and the fraught relationship between "Byzantine" and "classical" archaeologies.
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ARKEO 4981 : Honors Thesis Research
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Annetta Alexandridis
Benjamin Anderson
Caitlín Barrett
Sherene Baugher
Ananda Cohen-Aponte
Magnus Fiskesjo
Frederic Gleach
Kathryn Gleason
John Henderson
Kurt Jordan
Lori Khatchadourian
Sturt Manning
Christopher Monroe
Lauren Monroe
Verity Platt
Eric Rebillard
Nerissa Russell
Adam Smith
Barry Strauss
Matthew Velasco
Independent work under the close guidance of a faculty member.
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ARKEO 4982 : Honors Thesis Write-Up
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Annetta Alexandridis
Benjamin Anderson
Caitlín Barrett
Sherene Baugher
Ananda Cohen-Aponte
Magnus Fiskesjo
Frederic Gleach
Kathryn Gleason
John Henderson
Kurt Jordan
Lori Khatchadourian
Sturt Manning
Christopher Monroe
Lauren Monroe
Verity Platt
Eric Rebillard
Nerissa Russell
Adam Smith
Barry Strauss
Matthew Velasco
The student, under faculty direction, will prepare a senior thesis.
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ARKEO 6000 : Graduate Independent Study in Archaeology
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Annetta Alexandridis
Caitlín Barrett
Sherene Baugher
Ananda Cohen-Aponte
Bruce Roebal
Frederic Gleach
Kathryn Gleason
John Henderson
Kurt Jordan
Lori Khatchadourian
Sturt Manning
Christopher Monroe
Lauren Monroe
Verity Platt
Eric Rebillard
Nerissa Russell
Adam Smith
Barry Strauss
Matthew Velasco
Graduate students pursue advanced topics of particular interest under the guidance of a faculty member(s).
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ARKEO 6020 : Designing Archaeological Exhibits
Crosslisted as: ARKEO 4020, LA 4050, LA 6050 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Sherene Baugher
Students will learn method and theory on museum design and curation. The course also provides hands-on experience in designing and building exhibits for State Parks in the Finger Lakes. For the outreach component, students will work with staff from State Parks and Friends of the Parks.
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ARKEO 6100 : The Craft of Archaeology
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Lori Khatchadourian
This course engages students in Archaeology and related fields in a semester-long discussion of the craft of archaeology with the faculty of the Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies. Each week, a different faculty member will moderate a conversation on the professional skills vital to the modern practice of archaeological research and the tools key to professionalization. Seminar topics include developing a research project and working with museum collections to matters of pedagogy and career development.
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ARKEO 6354 : Byzantine Archaeology
Crosslisted as: ARKEO 4354, ARTH 4354, ARTH 6354, CLASS 6754, NES 4354, NES 6354 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Benjamin Anderson
A seminar on the archaeology of the Byzantine Empire, from the late Roman through to the early modern periods. Topics to be covered include: long-term changes in settlement patterns and urban development; the material traces of state and monastic control over productive landscapes; the idea of the border and the nature of its defense; and the fraught relationship between "Byzantine" and "classical" archaeologies.
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ARKEO 6660 : Pre-Industrial Cities and Towns in North America
Crosslisted as: ARKEO 3600, CRP 3600, CRP 6660, LA 3600, LA 6660 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Sherene Baugher
Various American Indian civilizations as well as diverse European cultures have all exerted their influences on the organization of town and city living. The course considers how each culture has altered the landscape in its own unique way as it created its own built environments.
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ARKEO 6661 : Sumerian Language and Culture I
Crosslisted as: ARKEO 3661, SUMER 3661, SUMER 6661 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Jonathan Tenney
This course is an intense introduction for undergraduate and graduate students to the earliest written language, Sumerian, and its cuneiform script. Each week will feature grammar lessons and a reading of an important Sumerian historical or literary work in English translation. Through lecture and discussion, the class will explore the deep roots of the Sumerian historical memory, the origins of Mesopotamian civilization, and the role of the central government in the development of writing.
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ARKEO 6755 : Archaeological Dendrochronology
Crosslisted as: ARKEO 3090, ARTH 3250, CLASS 3750, CLASS 6755, MEDVL 3750 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Carol Griggs
Brita Lorentzen
An introduction to the field of Dendrochronology and associated topics with an emphasis on their applications in the field of archaeology and related heritage-buildings fields. Course aimed at graduate level with a focus on critique of scholarship in the field and work on a project as part of the course.
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ARKEO 7000 : CIAMS Core Seminar in Archaeological Theory and Method
Crosslisted as: CLASS 7700 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Astrid Van Oyen
Archaeology studies the past through its material remains. In doing so, it builds on wide-ranging theories and methods to develop its own disciplinary toolbox. This graduate seminar explores this toolbox, treating a topic of broad theoretical and/or methodological interest such as emerging topics in archaeological thought, the history of archaeological theory, key archaeological methods, themes that tie archaeology to the wider domain of the humanities and social sciences, or some combination of the above. The seminar is taught by various members of the Archaeology faculty, each of whom offers their own version of the seminar. The seminar is required for incoming CIAMS M.A. students, and needed for CIAMS membership for Ph.D. students.
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ARKEO 7246 : Human Osteology
Crosslisted as: ANTHR 4246, ANTHR 7246, ARKEO 4246 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Matthew Velasco
This is an intensive laboratory course in the study of human skeletal remains. A detailed knowledge of skeletal anatomy is fundamental to forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, and the medical sciences. This course teaches students how to identify all 206 bones and 32 teeth of the human skeleton, in both complete and fragmentary states. Students will also learn osteological methods for establishing a biological profile (age-at-death, sex, stature, and biological affinity) and documenting skeletal trauma and pathological lesions. Hands-on laboratory training will be supplemented by case studies that demonstrate the importance of human osteology for criminal investigations in the present and the study of health and violence in the past. The ethics of working with human remains are also discussed.
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ARKEO 7250 : Time and History in Ancient Mexico
Crosslisted as: ANTHR 4256, ANTHR 7250, ARKEO 4256, LATA 4250, LATA 7250 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
John Henderson
Explores the ways Mesoamericans understood the world and their place in it, and the ways they constructed history as these are reflected in the few books that have survived from the period before the European invasion. Examines the structure of writing and systems of notation, especially calendars, and considers their potential for illuminating Mesoamerican world views and approaches to history.  Primary focus is detailed analysis of five precolumbian books: Codex Borgia, a central Mexican manual of divinatory ritual; Codex Boturini, a history of migration in central Mexico; Codex Nuttall, a Mixtec dynastic history; and two Maya books of astrology and divination, Codex Dresden and Codex Madrid.
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ARKEO 7736 : Aesthetics of the Sacred in Classical Antiquity
Crosslisted as: ARTH 6736, CLASS 6746, RELST 6746 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Verity Platt
This course will explore archaeological and literary evidence for the production, display, ritual treatment, and cultural reception of sacred images in ancient Greece. We will focus on some of the most fertile and problematic themes relating to the representation of divine beings in material form, such as the potential and limitations of anthropomorphism; the use of alternative modes of material manifestation such as aniconism and theriomorphism (the representation of gods as animals); the relationship between "cult" and "votive" images; the replication and adaptation of cult statues to new contexts of display; and shifting attitudes to image-worship within polytheistic and monotheistic traditions. Students in Classics, Art History, Religious Studies and Anthropology should find this course of particular interest.
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ARKEO 8901 : Master's Thesis
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Annetta Alexandridis
Benjamin Anderson
Caitlín Barrett
Sherene Baugher
Ananda Cohen-Aponte
Magnus Fiskesjo
Frederic Gleach
Kathryn Gleason
John Henderson
Kurt Jordan
Lori Khatchadourian
Sturt Manning
Christopher Monroe
Lauren Monroe
Eric Rebillard
Nerissa Russell
Adam Smith
Barry Strauss
Matthew Velasco
Students, working individually with faculty member(s), prepare a master's thesis in archaeology.
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