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Archaeology of the Ancient World

Archaeology offers a unique perspective on human history and culture – where, how, and when people lived. In this course, students will come to better understand the Ancient world through archaeology and by examining patterns and changes over time.

Total classes: 13

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade. No middle school students please. Note that this course may be challenging for students who struggle with reading. The textbook is somewhat technical and introduces a lot of terminology very specific to the discipline. Decent aptitude for reading is highly recommended.

Suggested credit: One full semester Ancient History, World History, or Archaeology


This course will introduce students to the basic concepts of archaeology, one of the most important disciplines in the study of history. Archaeological principles will be discussed and demonstrated in case studies of some of the world’s most famous ancient sites. Students will put their learning to work by writing a paper on an archaeological site of their choosing.


Class 1: Foundational Principles

Class 2: Earth Movers

Class 3: The World of Pottery

Class 4: Dolmen and Megaliths

Class 5: Cut Stone Masonry

Class 6: Ancient Burials

Class 7: Epigraphy

Class 8: Jewelry and Metalwork

Class 9: Ancient Weaponry

Class 10: The Tells of Canaan

Class 11: Catal Huyuk

Class 12: Mohenjo Daro

Class 13: A Visit to Crete

Materials and Homework

Course materials:  Archaeology Essentials: Theories, Methods, and Practice (2nd edition, ISBN 9780500289129) by Colin Renfew; online resources also provided FREE by the instructor. Please note: This course is being taught in two tracks, one for upper classmen and one for lower classmen. The textbook will only be required for 11th-12th graders, who will have different assignments than 9th-10th grade. If your student is in 9th-10th grade, you do not need to purchase the textbook. If you believe your 9th-10th grader has above-average reading skills, feel free to have them use the textbook, but it is not mandatory. Again, the textbook is only required for 11th-12th graders.

Homework: Weekly readings from the textbook, quizzes, and a paper assignment (graded by the instructor). Estimated two to three hours weekly. Textbook readings should be completed prior to each lecture.

Important Dates

Class dates: Thursdays, January 11 to April 18, 2024. (No class Feb. 15 or March 28)

Starting time: 4:00 PM Eastern (3:00 Central; 2:00 Mountain; 1:00 Pacific)

Duration per class: 55 minutes

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