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.
Spring Semester informationPedar Foss
310A: 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.