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Tablets, Temples, and Cities: Near Eastern Art and Archaeology
ARCP 242
Spring 2019
Section: 01  

History starts in the Near East with many firsts in human culture: domestication, writing, cities... Throughout its long history, the ancient Near East has produced a unique corpus of material culture, architecture, and textual records. In this course, we will survey the art and archaeology of the ancient Near Eastern civilizations with contextual information about the cultures that created them.

Every week we will progress chronologically and will explore broader socioeconomic, political, and cultural changes by discussing art historical, archaeological, and textual evidence. We will look at examples from Anatolia, Mesopotamia, and the Levant, and compare these to one another. Students will gain a larger understanding of commonalities and differences in the cultural expressions of these cultures. The last section of this course will be dedicated to current issues concerning the archaeology and cultural heritage of the Middle East.

This course will also have various hands-on components: We will learn about textile production by using spindle whorls, learn about cuneiform writing by making clay tablets, and create our own seals based on ancient Near Eastern imagery and mythology.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS ARCP
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ARCP-MN)(ARCP)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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