ARC 122 W — Archaeology and Ancient Engineering
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 9 weeks
Date(s): Apr 5—Jun 4
Refund Deadline: Apr 8
Instructor(s): Patrick Hunt
Many of the world’s most famous, monumental, and staggering engineering projects or inventions are in fact ancient, some even prehistoric. Stonehenge and related megaliths date back thousands of years. Found off Greece in a shipwreck, the enigmatic Antikythera bronze is an astonishing invention dating before the Roman empire. Even if most of Hero of Alexandria’s 1st-century CE steam engines were only theoretical, they deserve mention alongside his pneumatics and mechanics innovations, as do Ctesibius of Alexandria's inventions and Archimedes's amazing engineering marvels. Some of the most remarkable achievements in antiquity include Roman roads and bridges, Classical metallurgy, the advent of concrete, and hydrological technology such as aqueducts. Add to this the qanat canals and irrigation system of Ancient Persia, the pyramids of Egypt, the stone cities, road networks, and hydrology of the Incas and their ancestors in South America, and the urban and sculptural stoneworking of the Aztecs in Central America. These feats of engineering, occurring long before the Industrial Revolution in Europe, will be the subject of this nine-week course.
Patrick Hunt, Former Director, Stanford Alpine Archaeology Project; Research Associate in Archeoethnobotany, Institute of EthnoMedicinePatrick Hunt is the author of twenty-three books and a national lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America. He received a PhD from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club, and he is an explorer and expeditions expert for National Geographic. His Alps research has been sponsored by the National Geographic Expeditions Council.
Textbooks for this course:
(Required) John Peter Oleson, Oxford Handbook of Engineering and Technology in the Classical World (ISBN 9780199734856)