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The minor in archaeology draws on a number of disciplines and departments—principally anthropology, classics, and art—in the study of the ancient world, the reconstruction of past life-ways, and the interpretation of ancient social, political, and economic systems. The minor helps prepare students for graduate study in anthropological archaeology, classical archaeology, cultural resource management, and historical preservation. It also provides any student with a strong intellectual interest in archaeology with a structured introduction to this field.


The minor consists of five courses: two core courses (no more than one of which can be a field school), one comparative course, one area-studies course, and one topical course. The courses used to satisfy these requirements must come from at least two departments. Three of the courses used to fulfill the minor’s requirements must be numbered 200 or above and come from two different divisions. (CLAR and RELI courses are in the Division of the Humanities; ANTH courses are in the Division of the Social and Behavioral Sciences.) At least one of the courses used to fulfill the minor’s requirements must be numbered 300 or above.

Course Requirements

(see course descriptions and prerequisites)

• Two Core courses (no more than one of which is a field school) from the following list:

ANTH 220 Principles of Archaeology
ANTH 291 Archaeological Theory and Practice
ANTH 451 Field School in North American Archaeology
ANTH 453 Field School in South American Archaeology
CLAR 411 Archaeological Field Methods
CLAR 650 Field School in Classical Archaeology

• One Comparative course from the following list:

ANTH 121 Ancient Cities of the Americas
ANTH 123 Habitat and Humanity
ANTH 145 Introduction to World Prehistory
ANTH 222 Prehistoric Art
ANTH 456 Archaeology and Ethnography of Small-Scale Societies
ANTH 468 State Formation
CLAR 050 First Year Seminar: Art in the Ancient City
CLAR 120 Ancient Cities
CLAR 470 History and Archaeology of Bathing (500 BC to today)

• One Area-studies course from the following list:

ANTH 231 Archaeology of South America
ANTH 232 Ancestral Maya Civilizations
ANTH 250 Archaeology of North America
ANTH 359 European Prehistory
ANTH 550 Archaeology of the American South
CLAR 241 Archaeology of Ancient Near East
CLAR 242 Archaeology of Egypt
CLAR 243 Minoans and Mycenaeans: The Archaeology of Bronze Age Greece
CLAR 244 Greek Archaeology
CLAR 245 Archaeology of Italy
CLAR 247 Roman Archaeology
CLAR 262 Art of Classical Greece (ART 262)
CLAR 268 Hellenistic Art and Archaeology: 350-31 BC
CLAR 375 The Archaeology of Cult: Material Culture of Greek Religion (RELI 375)
CLAR 464 Greek Architecture (ART 464)
CLAR 465 Architecture of Etruria and Rome (ART 465)
CLAR 475 Rome and the Western Provinces
CLAR 488 The Archaeology of the Near East in the Iron Age
CLAR 489 The Archaeology of Anatolia in the Bronze and Iron Ages
CLAR 490 The Archaeology of Early Greece: 1200-500 B.C.
RELI   110 The Archaeology of Palestine: New Testament Period (CLAR/JWST 110)

• One Topical course from the following list:

ANTH 054 First-year seminar. The Indians’ New Worlds (AMST 054)
ANTH 143 Human Evolution and Adaptation
ANTH 148 Human Origins
ANTH 252 Prehistoric Foodways
ANTH 411 Laboratory Methods in Archaeology
ANTH 412 Paleoanthropology
ANTH 413 Archaeobotany Lab Methods
ANTH 414 Laboratory Methods: Human Osteology
ANTH 415 Zooarchaeology
ANTH 416 Bioarchaeology
ANTH 417 Laboratory Methods: Lithic Seminar
ANTH 418 Laboratory Methods: Ceramic Analysis
ANTH 421 Archaeological Geology (GEOL 421)
ANTH 423 Written in Bone: CSI and the Science of Death Investigation
ANTH 454 The Archaeology of African Diasporas
ANTH 452 The Past in the Present
ANTH 455 Ethnohistory (FOLK 455)
ANTH 458 Archaeology of Sex and Gender (WMST 458)
ANTH 460 Historical Ecology (ENST 460)
ANTH 538 Disease and Discrimination in Colonial Atlantic America
ANTH 650 Reconstructing Life: Nutrition and Disease in Past Populations
ARCH 393 Internship in Archaeology
ARCH 395 Research in Archaeology
ARCH 396 Independent Study in Archaeology
CLAR 075 First-Year Seminar: The Archaeology of Death …Ancient Mediterranean
CLAR 263 Roman Art (ART 263)
CLAR 460 Greek Painting (ART 460)
RELI   063 First-Year Seminar. Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls
RELI   512 Ancient Synagogues (JWST/RELI 512)