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NEAR E 313 A: Ancient Technologies of the Near East

Meeting Time: 
TTh 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Location: 
DEN 112
SLN: 
17600
Joint Sections: 
ARCHY 369 B
Instructor:
Stephanie Selover
Stephanie Selover

Syllabus Description:

NEAR E 313:ARCHY 369 Syllabus Updated.pdf

 

Ancient technologies remain one of the most studied features of the archaeology of ancient civilizations.  While there are many types of ancient technologies, this course is an introduction to the three primary pyrotechnic (fire based) technologies: the creation of ceramics, glass and metals. 

The anthropology and archaeology of these materials is a vast topic, far too large to adequately to cover in a single quarter.  This course instead seeks to be an introduction to the subject of ancient pyrotechnic technologies. We will cover the laboratory methods used by modern archaeological scientists to study and understand ancient ceramics, glass and metals, using both hands-on methods as well as readings on the subjects. We will also review the methodologies behind the creation of these materials, from raw materials to final object.  The course will focus on the invention of these technologies in the Near East, with brief comparisons with the isolated inventions in China and the New World.

Catalog Description: 
Introduction to ancient pyrotechnic technologies. Covers the laboratory methods used by modern archaeologists to study ancient ceramics, glass and metals, the methodologies behind the creation of these materials, and the invention of these technologies in the Near East, with brief comparisons with China and the New World. Offered: jointly with ARCHY 313.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:21pm
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