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Cornell University    
  Feb 24, 2018
Courses of Study 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ANTHR 7213 - [Archaeology of Eurasia: The Caucasus, Steppe, and Central Asia]

(crosslisted) ARKEO 7213  
Spring. Next offered 2016-2017. 4 credits. Letter grades only.

Prerequisite: previous course in archaeology at the 1000 or 2000 level. Co-meets with ANTHR 4213 /ARKEO 4213 .

A. T. Smith.

This course explores the prehistory and early history of the central Eurasian Steppe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus from the appearance of the first settled villages during the Neolithic through the rise of Eurasian Empires. The goal of the course is to provide students with an overview of the archaeological record and an understanding of the history of research in the area. Throughout, we will be concerned to address four key conceptual issues: 1) social and political relationships between hunting and gathering, agricultural, and pastoral societies; 2) large-scale migrations and long-distance contacts; 3) the impact of technological innovations (e.g., horse domestication, metallurgy) on social transformations; and 4) the interchanges between Eurasian societies and surrounding regions of eastern Europe, southwest Asia and Central Asia.

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