Anthropology | Archaeology of the Middle East
P541 | 28128 | Atalay

Goddess worshipers travel 7,000 miles to eat dirt from the mound of
Çatalhöyük.  Saddam Hussein uses an 80-foot mound from the ruins of
ancient Nineveh to house anti-aircraft supplies, as Colin Powell
insists that US troops not bomb antiquities in Iraq.  Nazi’s use the
decoration from Neolithic Greek pottery as a symbol of their movement.
The mounds of the Ancient Middle East and the clay “goddesses”, giant
bull (auroch) remains, and other materials contained in those mounds
and other archaeological sites in the region still play an interesting
and important role in our society today.

In this course you will learn about the ancient people and cultures
from the Eastern Mediterranean (including Anatolia, Aegean islands,
mainland Greece) to regions of the Middle East (present day Israel,
Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iran and Iraq).  At the same time you will
explore the impact that ancient sites and artifacts from these lands
have in our contemporary world.  You will be introduced to prehistoric
societies in the region as we examine evidence for human occupation
and daily life during the Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Chalcolithic and
Bronze Ages; and explore well-known sites including Jericho,
Çatalhöyük, and Knossos.  We will investigate questions such as: who
invented writing? What inspired the world’s first farmers? Why were
people buried beneath the floors of houses?  What happened to the
giant bulls?  Was God a woman – the mother goddess?  What was for
dinner 9,000 years ago?

Format: Illustrated lectures; in-class discussions, debates, and