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Joel T Walker
HSTAM 518
Seattle Campus

Topics in Late Antiquity

Examines various topics in the transformation of the ancient world from the third-century crisis of the Roman Empire to the rise of Islamic civilization. Serves as the field course for masters and Ph.D. students.

Class description

Archaeologies of the Middle East (1800-present).

Archaeology has placed a central role in the creation of both colonial and nationalist narratives about the Middle East. In this graduate seminar, we will explore some of the diverse ways that archaeology has shaped -- and continues to shape -- discourses about the region’s history, culture, and political identity. Central questions of the seminar include:

• What were the principal goals and methods of colonial archaeology in the Middle East? • How has the archaeology of the Middle East intersected with the growth and evolution of colonial and national museums? • How has the archaeology of different parts of the Middle East evolved in dialogue with the formation of its modern nation states? • What is the place of archaeology in contemporary debates about national culture and identity in the Middle East?

Recent work by historians, anthropologists, art historians, archaeologists, and other scholars will help us explore these questions.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This is a graduate level seminar. It will combine in-class discussion with student presentations on particular sites and monuments.

Recommended preparation

Some undergraduate and/or graduate coursework in Middle Eastern history or archaeology.

Class assignments and grading

Two short papers, 4-5 pages in length. Participants will also be expected to give one formal research presentation.

Participation 40% Presentation 20% Papers 40%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Joel T Walker
Date: 03/11/2014