ARC Lab: Fall 2012

It’s time for a new school year! Classes started this week, and we’re really excited about all the archaeology offerings this fall.

Our newest professor, Maya expert Dr. Thomas Garrison, will be teaching two courses:

ANTH-202: Introduction to Archaeology

ANTH-202 is a great opportunity to learn about the theory, methods, and practice of archaeology. You will learn how archaeological research is conceived, planned, and carried out, from survey and excavation to analysis of finds and final reconstruction of ancient cultural systems. The class will be held on T/Th from 9:30-10:50 AM.

Come learn what it’s like to be a real-life Indiana Jones!

ANTH-310: Archaeology of the Americas

Do you like hidden palaces? What about human sacrifice?

If the answer is yes, then you need to sign up for ANTH-310: Archaeology of the Americas (T-Th 12:30-1:50), an exciting new course taught by Maya expert Tom Garrison! You’ll get an overview of anthropological archaeology and the great cultures of the Western Hemisphere in this fun and fascinating course.

Temples and palaces and human sacrifice, oh my!

In addition to these two exciting courses, we’ve added a new course, REL-402: Cultural Heritage, Religion & Politics in the Middle East, which is taught by Prof. Dodd and will be held on Wednesdays from 2-4:50 PM.

Are you curious why Jerusalem matters so much to Palestinians and Israelis? Or why Christianity isn’t the dominant faith in the land where it began? Or why the Taliban dynamited the massive, ancient Buddhas in Afghanistan and Egyptians looted national treasures? Anyone seeking greater insight into foreign policy, faith-based movements, and emerging political trends is invited to join this seminar. We investigate how the past matters in the Middle East today through film, field trips, and discussions. The course can be taken for credit in Religion, International Relations, History, Archaeology, and Middle East Studies. There are NO prerequisites for enrollment.

Unearth the politics of history in this fantastic new course

As if those weren’t enough, there’s also a new Freshman Seminar, FSEM-180 Human Survival: Learning from the Past. Professor Dodd will be teaching this, and students will get the chance  to learn ancient survival skills. We’ll be making stone tools and pottery, smelting, weaving cloth, and brewing beer, and I personally can’t wait.

And, of course, ARCSmart will be starting up again! Our introductory meeting is Friday, August 31st, at 2 pm in ACB-330. Stop by and get involved in this fun volunteer project.

Join us this Friday, August 31st at 2 PM in ACB-330!


More updates to come soon!
-Sarah H


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