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First Year Archaeology

First Year Courses

ANTH 1001H: General Anthropology (Sc)

Anthropology is the study of humankind and anything to do with humans across time and space. This course surveys anthropology as a whole, emphasizing how biological, archaeological, linguistic, and cultural anthropology’s topics, methods, and findings combine to create a holistic understanding of humanity’s origins, prehistory, languages, and ways of life. Offered only in Durham.

ANTH 1002H: Applied Anthropology

This course surveys uses of anthropology to solve problems and achieve goals in business, sustainability, technology, development, health, education, forensics, politics, and careers. It explores ways anthropological research can improve the effectiveness of anything people set out to achieve, since humans are always part of the process. Offered only in Durham.

ANTH-AHCL 1003H: Case studies in Classical archaeology

This course explores the origin, development, challenges, and lessons of archaeological practice in the Classical world, with a focus on specific, illustrative case studies drawn from the history of the discipline.

ANTH 1010H: Biological Anthropology and Archaeology (Sc)

An introduction to the aspects of biological anthropology and anthropological archaeology. Topics covered include human evolution, the biology of peoples past and present, archaeological method, the development of culture, the domestication of plants and animals, and the rise of civilization and the state.

ANTH 1020H: An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Covers topics such as the idea of culture and its role in shaping the way we see the world; the relationship between society and culture; and the role fieldwork plays in cultural anthropology. Students will read classic and/or contemporary ethnographies.


2000-Level Courses

ANTH 2001H: Cultural Anthropology

An introduction to the history, theory, methods, and findings of cultural anthropology, the ethnographic study of contemporary peoples’ ways of living and thinking. This course surveys systems of exchange, kinship, politics, and belief across cultures.

ANTH 2050H: Introduction to Ontario historic archaeology field and laboratory methods 

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AHCL 2102H: History of Ancient Rome

In the eyes of ancient Romans, Rome’s growth from a humble village to the greatest empire of the Mediterranean and beyond (ca. 1000 BCE–476 CE) was manifest destiny. In this course, we look past the propaganda to the underlying political, socio-cultural, and economic developments that fuelled Rome’s expansion.

AHCL 2105H: History of Ancient Greece

From the late Bronze Age to the end of the Hellenistic Period (ca. 1200–30 BCE), the history of ancient Greece is the story of great kingdoms and empires, the rise of democracy, and the flourishing of intellectual and artistic expression.

ANTH 2121H: Old World Archaeology (Sc) 

Archaeology is a science that attempts to reconstruct and explain the evolution of cultural behaviour in humans. This course surveys major topics in Old World archaeology beginning with the evolution of the first hominins 6 million years ago, continuing through to the complex societies of the later Holocene.

ANTH 2122H: Archaeology of the Americas (Sc)

Covers the archaeology of the Americas, from the peopling of the Americas to contact between indigenous groups and European explorers. We will cover a wide range of topics, including political and social organization, settlement, burial practices, subsistence, gender, disease, prestige, belief systems, and art.

ANTH-AHCL 2201H: Introduction to Egyptian Archaeology from the Pharaohs to the Romans 

The methods and achievements of archaeologists and the art history of Egypt from the period of the Pharaohs, through the Persians and the Greeks to the Romans.

ANTH-AHCL 2205H: Archaeology and Art History of Ancient Greece

An introduction to Greek material culture from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic Period. Topics include the birth of Western art, the formation of a Greek identity, the relationship to contemporary social 
developments, and the lasting legacy of Greece in the modern world (including theatres, sculpture, coins, and city-planning).

ANTH-AHCL 2206H: Archaeology and Art History of Ancient Rome 

An introduction to Roman material culture from the Iron Age through the Late Empire. Topics include the development of a distinctively Roman culture, the influence of the Greek world, the spread of Roman 
imperialism, the impact of Christianity, and the continuing relevance of Roman institutions in modern society.

ANTH-AHCL-GEOG 2230H: The Ancient City 

The developments, innovations and achievements of the city in the Greek and Roman world from the Bronze Age to the Late Empire.

ANTH-MDST 2311H: Anthropology of Language

Covers the basic issues involved in situating diverse languages within diverse cultures and societies, placing the study of genres or ways of speaking in socio-cultural contexts of use, attending to the way people’s ideas about what language is and what it is for shape the ways they speak.

ANTH-MDST 2312H: Anthropology of Media

As media proliferate globally, people are developing culturally-specific understandings of how these media shape communication and what kinds of utterances belong to which media. This course is a linguistic and cultural anthropological exploration of the way people’s ideas about different communicative media shape the ways they use these media.

ANTH 2410H: Biological Anthropology (Sc)

The study of the genetics, evolution, growth, and development, and biology of human and non-human primates.

ANTH 2450H: Plagues and People (Sc)

Focuses on the origins of plagues and the biological and social impact of major epidemics, past and present, on human societies. Themes explored include the role of human behaviour in the outbreak of disease, responses to epidemics, and human evolution and disease.