• Description


    Anthropology 3510, Fall 2019

    Wednesday 8:00-11:50

    Professor Dean Saitta

    The archaeological study of ancient cities around the world is a booming area of research. This course investigates what we know about the nature of the earliest cities in the great original cradles of civilization: Mesopotamia, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Our focus is on how these ancient cities were planned, built, and “lived in” by citizens. We’ll look at the documentary and archaeological evidence that has been used by scholars to reconstruct ancient urban lifeways in particular places. We’ll explore similarities and differences in urban planning and urban life across this collection of early civilizations. Finally, we’ll consider what these ancient expressions of urbanism can tell us about how we might plan and design cities today, and for the future. Thus, the course is an exercise in Urban Anthropology that connects past, present, and future.

    The first eight weeks of the course will be a collective exploration of the archaeological literature that exists for ancient cities, and the various issues facing the contemporary city to which archaeological knowledge might be applied. During these eight weeks students will independently research either a particular city of their choice or some other topic that cross-cuts multiple cities.  In either case, the research should be relevant to one or more of the contemporary urban issues identified in class. Week nine will be devoted to individual reports of research findings, and class discussion. The final research paper will summarize these findings and offer explicit comparisons with the relevant findings made by other students.

    Banner Photograph: Teotihuacan, Mexico (Wikipedia)

  • Course Materials

  • Research Paper Guidelines

  • List of Researchable Cities

  • Week 2 Discussion Questions

  • Week 3 Discussion Questions

  • Week4 Discussion Questions

  • Week 5 Discussion Questions

  • Week 6 Discussion Questions

  • Week 7 Discussion Questions


  • Week 8 Discussion Questions

  • Course Syllabus

  • Syllabus, Fall 2019

  • Course Readings

  • Course Slide Shows

  • Week 2: Paradigms Part 1

  • Week 2: Paradigms Part 2

  • Week 2: Paradigms Part 3

  • Week 2: Paradigms Part 4

  • Week 2: Paradigms Part 5

  • Week 3: Catalhoyuk

  • Week 4: Mesopotamia Loose Ends

  • Week 4: Indus Valley

  • Week 5: African Urbanism, Part 1

  • Week 5: African Urbanism, Part 2

  • Week 6: Mesoamerica, Part 1

  • Week 6: Mesoamerica, Part 2

  • Week 7: Mesoamerica, Part 3

  • Week 7 Andean Urbanism, Part 1

  • Week 7 Andean Urbanism, Part 2

  • Week 7: Andean Urbanism, Part 3

  • Week 8: North America (Chaco)

  • Week 8: North America (Cahokia)

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