Penn State Penn State: College of the Liberal Arts
Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

CAMS 440W: Studies in Classical and Ancient Mediterranean Archaeology

CAMS 440W: Studies in Classical and Ancient Mediterranean Archaeology


Killebrew, Ann Eloise


Tues, Thur


4:35-5:50 P.M.


Boucke Bldg 306


Selected topics in the literary sources and material evidence for classical and ancient Mediterranean society.

CAMS 440WCAMS 440W Studies in Classical Archaeology (3-6)(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements. CAMS 440W is a writing-across-the-curriculum upper level archaeology course on various topics in the broad field of ancient Mediterranean archaeology. The course will vary depending on the specific topic, which could be a study of authors such as Herodotus and/or Pausanias in relation to the archaeological record; epigraphy; numismatics; food production and consumption (e.g., diet, subsistence requirements, public dining, symposia, Roman dining, furnishings) from the literary and archaeological record; various classes of ancient Mediterranean ceramics; or the archaeological study of a specific urban site, such as Troy, Babylon, Egyptian Thebes, the Athenian Agora, or Pompeii with an emphasis upon economic and social organization.In most semesters the topic will emphasize interdisciplinary themes, such as comparative state formation, or Egyptian-Greek-Persian relations, or the cultural development of a particular society, such as the Etruscan, that was strongly influenced by interaction with other Mediterranean cultures.Students will learn of major publications in the field of study, and how to conduct searches of the previous archaeological literature and the related literary record. As one requirement, students will complete a research paper on a topic related to the particular theme of the course that semester. The sequence of writing assignments is designed to allow students to develop a project, to search for related publications, to develop a proposal, and to revise drafts of the final paper.The course is also intended to provide students with a practical background in Classical and ancient Mediterranean archaeology that will help prepare them for fieldwork at ancient Mediterranean sites, for the interpretation of archaeological publications, and, as relevant, for utilizing the literary and/or epigraphic record for interpreting archaeological evidence.Those considering enrolling in this course may obtain information about the specific topic by asking the faculty member listed as teaching the course or the Undergraduate Officer in the Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies.