CC 302k/:
Introduction to Archaeological Studies II

Instructor: Constanze Witt
Office: WAG 17
Hours: Wednesday 1-3 and by appointment

TA: Sarah Davies
Office: WAG 117

University of Texas at Austin
Classics Department



Classical Archaeology 


This course ranges from the Paleolithic in Europe to the end of the Roman empire. It surveys the ancient civilizations of Egypt and the Near East, the Aegean cultures of Crete and Mycenae, and the classical worlds of Greece and Italy. The course is intended as an introduction to the sites, monuments and artifacts of these civilizations, not as a series of studies in archaeological theory and practice. As such, it will be very different from ARY 301. The focus will be on the major sites and monuments of these civilizations, their discoveries, and their importance for our understanding of the cultures they represent. Attention will be given to archaeological, art historical, and historical aspects such as the development of writing and the nature and interpretation of written documents, the development of city planning and urban architecture, and analysis of artifacts as evidence of ancient history. Among the sites and excavations we will study are Giza, the Valley of the Kings, and Alexandria in Egypt; Ur and Babylon in Mesopotamia; Troy and Constantinople in the ancient Near East; Knossos, Mycenae, and Athens in Greece; Rome and Pompeii in ancient Italy.

Note: Intro Archy I is not a prerequisite for this course.

A visit to the Harry Ransom Center's exhibit on the Technologies of Writing will be required.

Please complete the reading assignment before the class, as you will be expected to be able to discuss the material in the readings.

Attendance policy: I assume that you are adults and understand that your actions have consequences. There will be no makeup quizzes, and tests and quizzes may very well include material gone over only in class. You will get out of the course what you put into it, and are responsible for your decisions. No cell phones or other electronic devices in class.

The class meets at:
Waggener 201
MWF 12-1:00 p.m.

Grades will be based on quizzes, two tests and a cumulative final exam. There will be ample opportunities for extra credit; consistent improvement will also help your grade.

Map and vocab quizzes:


Test 1:


Test 2:




Scholastic dishonesty . "Since the value of a university degree depends on the absolute integrity of the work done by each student for that degree, a student should maintain a high standard of individual honor in his or her scholastic work. Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and falsifying academic records." If you are unsure about the exact UT definition, consult the General information catalogue, Appendix , Section 11-802

Academic disabilities. The University of Texas at Austin provides upon request appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259 or TTY: 471-4641

Q-Drops. Students must have a legitimate reason for requesting a Q-drop. I will not give Q-drops to students who have simply not kept up with the work and are unhappy with their grades.

Last updated: Monday, 27-Feb-2006 17:11:29 CST