Freshman Seminar 30g: Digging Up the Past: Harvard and Egyptian Archaeology



Explores the spectacular history and discoveries of the 40-year Harvard-MFA (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) Expedition to 23 sites in Egypt and Nubia (1905-1947). Topics include the early development of responsible archaeological method, famous finds and explorers, Western colonialism/imperialism in Egypt, early Harvard and MFA history, archival research, and the current debate on repatriation of artifacts. Field trips to museum collections, and exciting new digital technologies (such as 3D Giza Pyramids in Harvard's Visualization Center) applied to early 20th century archaeology.