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Joukowsky Institute Classroom


ARCH 1600 Archaeologies of the Near East

Brown University
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
Spring 2008


MWF 10:00-10:50 (The so-called C-hour) Sayles 204
Instructor: Ömür Harmansah (Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology)
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 11-12 am. (Or by appointment) Office: Joukowsky Institute (70 Waterman St.) Room 202 E-mail: Omur_Harmansah@brown.edu Tel: 401-863-6411

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Course description

Writing, urbanism, agriculture, imperialism: the ancient Near East is known as the place where earliest agriculture flourished, cities were developed and writing was invented. In the recent decades, the Middle East has largely been a place of political instability and unrest, while the archaeological field research in the region has been overwhelmingly impacted by the current socio-political climate. In this course we will explore the archaeological history and current archaeological practice in the Middle East, in connection with Western colonialism, the formation of nation states and ongoing military conflicts. The social and cultural history of the Near East from prehistory to the end of Iron age (300 BC) will be covered as well. Studying the material remains of the ancient past is never entirely about discovering and recovering ancient societies from the deep corners of antiquity: it is more about our modern concerns of self-definition, cultural identity, ideals and ideologies of the present. Throughout the semester therefore, we will also investigate some of interpretive approaches and concepts used within Near Eastern archaeology. The main goal of the course is to develop a critical understanding of ancient societies and their material culture from an interdisciplinary, post-colonial perspective.... Read the full description...


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