Archaeology and Art History

Course Offerings

ARCH–105 Introduction to Greek Archaeology (3 credits)
Comprehensive overview of the material culture of the Greeks from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic period, tracing the main developmental trends in architecture, city planning, sculpture, and the minor arts both in the Greek mainland and the Greek colonies overseas. Although primarily archaeological in orientation, necessary historical context is provided. Fall.
ARCH–106 Introduction to Roman Archaeology (3 credits)
Comprehensive survey of the material culture of the Romans examining architecture, city planning, art, and technology. Traces development of Roman civilization from the Republic to the Late Antique period. Spring.
ARCH–192 Introductory Archaeology Seminar (3 credits)
Seminar intended primarily for freshman or new archaeology majors. Emphasizes fundamental concepts relating to stratigraphy, relative and absolute chronologies, types of archaeological data, map/section reading, recording procedures, approaches to interpretation, and research skills.
ARCH–206 Introduction to Near Eastern Archaeology (3 credits)
Study of Mesopotamia, Anatolia, and the Levant from the Neolithic period to the establishment of the Persian Empire.
ARCH–207 Inroduction to Egyptian Archaeology (3 credits)
Overview of Egyptian civilization from the predynastic period to the New Kingdom through the exploration of funerary architecture, sculpture, wall painting, tomb furnishings, and other minor arts. The course examines archaeological evidence from a historical perspective, focusing on both the local history of Egypt and on its relationship with other Mediterranean civilizations.
ARCH–285 Technical Skills for Archaeologists (3 credits)
Introduces archaeology students to skills and techniques useful in recording and analyzing field data as well as developing 3-D models of the project site. Topics include technical sketching and utilizing computeraided (CAD) techniques for development of accurate 2-D drawings as well as 3-D models. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; Engineering 283. Spring.
ARCH–305 Greek Painted Pottery (3 credits)
Traces the development of the shape and decoration of Greek pottery from the Late Bronze Age through the end of the Classical period. The characteristics of individual artists and the treatment of various Greek myths in different periods are studied. Prerequisite: Archaeology 105 or Art History 208 or permission of instructor.
ARCH–306 Greek Architecture (3 credits)
Traces the development of Greek architecture from the Late Bronze Age through the Hellenistic period. Studies the development of city planning, temples, secular buildings, and funerary monuments. Prerequisite: Archaeology 105 or Art History 208 or permission of instructor.
ARCH–307 Roman Architecture (3 credits)
Examines the development of Roman building from its roots in Greek and Etruscan architecture to the eclectic Roman architectural idiom of the Empire. Emphasizes the Roman integration of traditional building elements with their own increasing technical virtuosity as structural engineers. Prerequisite: Archaeology 106 or Art History 208 or permission of instructor.
ARCH–308 Greek and Roman Sculpture (3 credits)
Examines the development of sculpture in the Greco-Roman world. Topics covered include the evolution of naturalism in the Greek Archaic period, the High Classical style of the 5th century BC, the varied genres of the Hellenistic world, Roman Republican portraiture, and Roman historical reliefs. Prerequisite: Archaeology 105 or 106 or Art History 208 or permission of instructor.
ARCH–309 The Etruscans (3 credits)
A study of the origins of the Etruscans, who made their appearance in central Italy in the 7th century BC, and their impact on the other cultures of the Mediterranean. An attempt is made to reconstruct their culture as it can be understood from the architecture and artifacts preserved today. Prerequisite: Archaeology 105 or Art History 208 or permission of instructor.
ARCH–311 Archaeology of Syro-Palestine (3 credits)
Examines the archaeology of Syro-Palestine (modern Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian National Authority) from late prehistory through the Persian period (ca. 8000-332 BCE). Although archaeological data is the primary source of information, other sources, including the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and other texts, are employed where appropriate.
ARCH–320 Topics in Archaeology (3 credits)
Focuses on a topic not offered regularly, such as Aegean archaeology or northern European prehistory. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Archaeology 105 or 106 or Art History 208 or permission of instructor.
ARCH–340 Field Techniques (3 credits)
Introduces students to the process of field archaeology. Projects vary from year to year, but involve either excavation of a historical site in Evansville, or assisting with an excavation or survey conducted locally.
ARCH–394 Non-UE Archaeology Field Practica (3-6 credits)
This course is used to record archaeological field practica sponsored by institutions other than the University of Evansville.
ARCH–395 Practicum in Archaeology (3-6 credits)
The Murlo Summer Program introduces students to both the practical and theoretical aspects of Etruscan archaeology. The seven-week program of field work is carried out during the summer near Siena, Italy, at the Etruscan site of Poggio Civitate, which dates to ca. 650 BC. Students participate in the actual excavation of the material as well as in the documentation and conservation carried out in the storeroom. The work is conducted under the supervision of a professional staff of archaeologists, conservators, an architect, an illustrator, and a photographer. Prerequisite: Archaeology 105 or 106 or permission of instructor.
ARCH–400 Archaeological Method and Theory (3 credits)
Examination of the theoretical bases of the discipline of archaeology, the history of the discipline, and the major schools of interpretation. Also, research design, development of chronologies, and the application of scientific techniques to analysis of archaeological remains. Prerequisites: Archaeology 105 or 106; one 300-level archaeology course; or permission of instructor. Course fulfills capstone requirement.
ARCH–415 Women in Antiquity (3 credits)
Seminar focuses on women in antiquity. Reviews recent studies of archaeological investigations of women's social and cultural roles and focuses on selected case studies of women in the ancient Near East and eastern Mediterranean from late prehistory through Classical antiquity.
ARCH–420 Northern European Prehistoric Arch Archaeology (3 credits)
Examines the archaeology of northern Europe from the Neolithic period through the Roman period. Emphasis on the Celtic cultures of northern Europe.
ARCH–492 Topical Seminars in Archaeology (3 credits)
Special seminar topics in archaeology not included in the regular course offerings. May be repeated.
ARCH–493 Independent Study in Archaeology (1-3 credits)
Research in areas of archaeology on topics not sufficiently covered in existing courses. Subject and credit earned must be approved by the supervising faculty member and department chair. May be repeated for a maximum of six hours of credit. Prerequisites: Junior standing; consent of instructor.