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ARC 45 — Great Archaeological Discoveries: From the Rosetta Stone to Machu Picchu

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jul 5—Aug 9
Time: 7:00—9:05 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jul 7
Unit: 1
Tuition: $370
Instructor(s): Patrick Hunt
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Open
Please Note: No class on July 12
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
7:00—9:05 pm (PT)
Jul 5—Aug 9
5 weeks
Refund Date
Jul 7
1 Unit
Patrick Hunt
Please Note: No class on July 12
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
What makes a world-famous archaeology site historically important? How have archaeology and our understanding of history changed as a result of these incredible discoveries? Can we create an impact scale of the indisputable top sites and discoveries? Judging by how much they changed history, here is a reasonable list of them: the cities of Troy, Machu Picchu, and Thera; the Rosetta Stone; the Dead Sea Scrolls; King Tut’s Tomb; Nineveh’s Assyrian library; Olduvai Gorge; and the Tomb of 10,000 Warriors. Each of these sites has a fascinating story to tell—including how it was found deliberately by professionals or accidentally by amateurs and how its discovery changed archaeology as a discipline.

In this course, we will explore these discoveries and discuss how they permanently altered our worldview and our knowledge of human history. Drawing on maps, images, and notable material artifacts, students will come to appreciate why these sites deserve to be considered among the greatest archaeological discoveries.

Former Director, Stanford Alpine Archaeology Project; Research Associate, Archeoethnobotany, Institute of EthnoMedicine

Patrick Hunt is the author of 25 books and is a lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America. He received a PhD from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Hunt 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) Patrick Hunt, Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History (ISBN 978-0452288775)