NES 2610

NES 2610

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Mesopotamia is often defined by "firsts": the first villages, cities, states, and empires. Archaeology has long looked to the region for explanations of the origins of civilization. The modern countries of the region, including Iraq, Syria, Iran, and Turkey, have also long been places where archaeology and politics are inextricably intertwined, from Europe's 19th century appropriation of the region's heritage, to the looting and destruction of antiquities in recent wars. This introductory course moves between past and present. It offers a survey of more than 10,000 years of human history, from the appearance of farming villages to the dawn of imperialism, while also engaging current debates on the contemporary stakes of archaeology in the southwest Asia. Our focus is on past material worlds and the modern politics in which they are entangled.

When Offered Spring.

Breadth Requirement (GHB)
Distribution Category (HA-AS, HST-AS, SSC-AS)
Course Attribute (CU-ITL)

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ANTHR 2010ARKEO 2010

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17454 NES 2610   LEC 001

  • Instruction Mode: In Person