Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology & the Ancient World
Box 1837 / 60 George Street
Providence, RI 02912
Telephone: (401) 863-3188
Fax: (401) 863-9423
Students are expected to do weekly readings regularly and comprehensively, and contribute rigorously to discussions in the classroom. Depending on the class size, each will be asked to volunteer for presentations in class on selected articles, case studies, or a specific body of archaeological material from an ancient city.
In the first half of the semester, there will be a number of brief assignments, and possibly some team work on a particular project. The latter will involve an archaeological/ethnohistorical study in Providence, focusing on Crook Point as well as the banks of the Seekonk river on the eastern edge of Fox Point, looking across to the East Providence shoreline. The project will particularly involve the abandoned railroad drawbridge and tunnel as archaeological sites, "suspended ruins," meaningful places or "sites of memory" in the city.
Grading will be based on class participation (25%), short papers/assignments (20%), class presentations (20%), research project (35%).
Research project/final paper
In the second half, students will focus on their research project. Students will choose a research topic in collaboration with the instructor and turn it into a project that will result in a brief class presentation at the end of the semester (depending on the size of the class) and a 10-12 page research paper. Your paper should involve a comparative perspective on ancient cities, with a focus on one or a few case studies. Your project should also address/make use of some of the more conceptual problems about cities, urban space, and its archaeology to be discussed throughout the semester. You will develop a novel argument that establishes an intimate dialogue between theories of the city and your selected case study. Your case studies can be drawn from all geographies covered in class (Near East, the Mediterranean World, Pre-hispanic New World and China).