Courses for Fall 2022

General Information About Courses

AAMW course numbers are crosslisted with departmentally based courses. Not all courses of relevance to AAMW students have AAMW numbers. Potentially relevant courses can be found in the rosters from the departments and programs in the History of Art, Ancient History, Anthropology, Classical Studies, History, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Religious Studies, Architecture and Historic Preservation. In addition courses may be taken for Penn credit at Bryn Mawr and Princeton. Advanced students may also request to take a specialist course at other universities in commuting range. If the professor teaching the course agrees, the AAMW Graduate Chair will give the class a Penn Independent Study number, and transcribe the grade received.


Title Instructors Location Time Description Cross listings Fulfills Registration notes Syllabus Syllabus URL
AAMW 5200-401 Aegean Bronze Age Art Seminar: Minoan, Cycladic, and Mycenaean Architecture Elizabeth Shank CANCELED In this class, we will explore the art and cultures of the Aegean Bronze Age in Greece, a period from roughly 3,300-1,100 BCE. From this time, we have the first evidence of complex society in Greece with three geographically and materialistically distinct groups of people located on the Greek Mainland, the Cycladic islands, and the island of Crete. Topics will vary from semester to semester, but may include and not be limited to the examination of the architecture, pottery, wall paintings, stone carvings, jewelry, seals, weapons and other metalwork, and the iconography of these prehistoric arts. We will also delve into issues of the organization of society and the distribution of power, the role of women and men, trade and the unique position of the (rather small) Aegean world as it existed between two huge powerhouses of the ancient Mediterranean: the Ancient Near East and Egypt. ARTH5200401, ARTH5200401, ARTH5200401
AAMW 5231-401 Archaeological Field Methods Holly Pittman JAFF 113 F 8:30 AM-11:29 AM This seminar will prepare students for participation in the excavations at the site of ancient Lagash, modern Tell al-Hiba, in southern Iraq that are scheduled to take place in the fall semester. The topics to be considered are introduction to the recording methods, use of equipment, review of the ceramic sequence, methods of recording, drawing, photography. Permission of the instructor required for participation in the class. ARTH5231401, ARTH5231401 Perm Needed From Instructor
AAMW 5260-401 Material & Methods in Mediterranean Archaeology Lauren M Ristvet MUSE 419 T 10:15 AM-1:14 PM This course is intended to provide an introduction to archaeological methods and theory in a Mediterranean context, focusing on the contemporary landscape. The class will cover work with museum collections (focusing on the holdings of the Penn Museum), field work and laboratory analysis in order to give students a diverse toolkit that they can later employ in their own original research. Each week, invited lecturers will address the class on different aspects of archaeological methodology in their own research, emphasizing specific themes that will be highlighted in readings and subsequent discussion. The course is divided into three sections: Method and Theory in Mediterranean Archaeology; Museum collections; and Decolonizing Mediterranean Archaeology. The course is designed for new AAMW graduate students, though other graduate students or advanced undergraduate students may participate with the permission of the instructor. ANTH5026401, ANTH5026401, CLST6300401, CLST6300401
AAMW 5305-401 Topography and Monuments of Ancient Rome Charles Brian Rose EDUC 008 TR 3:30 PM-4:59 PM An intensive exploration of Rome's urban topography during the Republican and Imperial periods (6th c. B.C. through 4th c. A.D.) Using archaeological and textual sources, including the Etruscan and Roman collections of the Penn Museum, the goal will be to reconstruct the built environment and decoration of Rome over the course of a millennium. Of interest to students of classics, archaeology, art history, and architecture. Some familiarity with Rome will be a plus, but is not required. CLST3305401, CLST3305401, CLST5305401, CLST5305401
AAMW 5320-401 The Icon Ivan Drpic JAFF 104 W 5:15 PM-8:14 PM This seminar explores the Byzantine icon and its legacy. Spanning nearly two millennia, from the emergence of Christian sacred portraiture to the reception of icon painting by the early twentieth-century Russian avant-garde, the seminar will introduce you to the history, historiography, and theories of the icon. While our focus will be on Byzantium and the wider world of Orthodox Christianity, especially in the Slavic Balkans and Eastern Europe, the seminar will also engage with fundamental questions concerning the nature, status, and agency of images across cultures. Topics to be addressed include iconoclasm and the problem of idolatry; the social and ritual lives of icons; authorship, originality, and replication; viewer response and the cultural construction of vision; the frontier between art and the sacred image; and the afterlife of the icon in modernity. Open to graduate and undergraduate students. ARTH5320401, ARTH5320401, RELS5022401, RELS5022401
AAMW 5620-401 Intro to Digital Archaeology Jason Herrmann WILL 421 MW 3:30 PM-4:59 PM Students in this course will be exposed to the broad spectrum of digital approaches in archaeology with an emphasis on fieldwork, through a survey of current literature and applied learning opportunities that focus on African American mortuary landscapes of greater Philadelphia. As an Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) course, we will work with stakeholders from cemetery companies, historic preservation advocacy groups, and members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church to collect data from three field sites. We will then use these data to reconstruct the original plans, untangle site taphonomy, and assess our results for each site. Our results will be examined within the broader constellation of threatened and lost African American burial grounds and our interpretations will be shared with community stakeholders using digital storytelling techniques. This course can count toward the minor in Digital Humanities, minor in Archaeological Science and the Graduate Certificate in Archaeological Science. ANTH3307401, ANTH3307401, ANTH5220401, ANTH5220401, CLST3307401, CLST3307401, CLST5620401, CLST5620401, NELC3950401, NELC3950401
AAMW 6141-401 Tutankhamun’s Tomb: Its Treasures and Significance David P Silverman MUSE 328 TR 12:00 PM-1:29 PM This course examines the short life of the young boy king and what the discovery of his tomb and its contents mean in terms of Egypt’s long history and accomplishments. AFRC2140401, AFRC2140401, AFRC6140401, AFRC6140401, NELC2140401, NELC2140401, NELC6140401, NELC6140401
AAMW 9950-013 Dissertation Holly Pittman Dissertation
AAMW 9950-021 Dissertation Kimberly Diane Bowes Dissertation
AAMW 9950-032 Dissertation Thomas F Tartaron Dissertation
AAMW 9950-036 Dissertation Lauren M Ristvet Dissertation
AAMW 9950-037 Dissertation Charles Brian Rose Dissertation
AAMW 9999-052 Independent Study Holly Pittman Independent Study
AAMW 9999-053 Independent Study Charles Brian Rose Independent Study