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CLST 310

Topics in Mediterranean Archaeology

A study of a specific topic in Mediterranean archaeology. Recent courses have treated such topics as Pompeii, the Archaeology of North Africa, and the Archaeology of Israel. May be repeated for credit with topic changes. Information on upcoming topics courses can be found on the department web page.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

Spring Semester information

Pedar Foss

310A: Tps:Etruscan/Umbrian/Samnite Archaeology

Tps:Etruscan/Umbrian/Samnite Archaeology

This course explores the archaeological and historical evidence for (and discovery of) the ancient peoples of central Italy, including the Etruscans, Umbrians, and Samnites. The course examines their social, political, economic, military, urban, and ideological organization, particularly with regard to the adaptation and use of local landscapes. The course tracks their interaction with Greeks and Phoenicians in the Iron Age, and considers their struggle for control of land and resources through the first century BC. The course then turns to the legacy of these societies in Roman and post-Roman central Italy. Students will engage dynamically with the material by designing and developing, throughout the term, an outreach session about an 'ancient Italic tribe' for schoolchildren. This class is preparation for (but not limited to) students applying for the Trasimeno Archaeology Field School during summer 2015 in Italy, operated by the Umbra Institute and DePauw University.

Fall Semester information

Rebecca Schindler

310A: Tps: Who Owns the Past?

The preservation of the world's cultural heritage is increasingly under threat from modern development, environmental degradation, illegal excavation, and military operations. In this course we will examine the ethical and legal dilemmas inherent in dealing with the cultural productions of past populations. There are many stakeholders in the past. From governments and institutions, to descendant communities, archaeologists, and the general public, we will look at the rights and responsibilities that each group claims to have when it comes to using (and perhaps abusing) the past. Topics that we will address include (but are by no means limited to):
What is Cultural Property?: can the past be owned?
Preservation: what are we saving and why?
Research Ethics: what obligations do professionals (archaeologists, curators, etc.) have?
Stewardship: who should be responsible for the past?
Politics and War: what role should modern nation states play in preserving the past?
Meaning: what meanings do people attribute to the past?

As much as possible this course is run as a seminar. The focus is on discussion and critical thinking. Students will present and write-up individual research projects. In addition to the assigned readings, we will also work through a number of case-studies that present difficult ethical dilemmas.