Taste: Archaeology and the Ancient Mediterranean

Fall 2021
Winter 2022
Freshman - Sophomore
Class Size: 25
14 Credits per quarter
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This program incorporates Greener Foundations. Greener Foundations is Evergreen’s 2-quarter introductory student success course, which provides all first-year students with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive at Evergreen. First year students will get 14-credits from this program, and 2-credits from a Greener Foundations course. First year students will need to register for the 14-credit program CRN PLUS Greener Foundations (CRN 20007). 

One of three affiliated programs with taste as a central focus, this is a broad, introductory survey of ancient Mediterranean cultures and their histories, including, but not limited to, the history of food. In this iteration of the program, we will treat food as part of the larger cultural landscape, and also explore taste in reference to different forms of material culture, such as the art and architecture of this broad chronological and geographic context.

Students will learn the history and archaeology of ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Bronze Age Greek cultures, Classical Greece, and Rome. Through study of archaeological sites, museums, and readings in archaeology and history, students will examine how humans developed, nurtured, and changed the way they chose their own tastes. We will begin with the study of the first sedentary farmers in the area known as the Fertile Crescent, examining the gradual processes of cultivation and animal husbandry using archaeological case studies. After this introduction, students will study the aesthetic and culinary choices made by different groups of people in the past, including ancient Egyptians, other Bronze Age cultures of the eastern Mediterranean, ancient Greeks, and ancient Romans. Students will write papers and site reports, and plan and execute two projects that span the breadth of the shared material.

Taste: Archaeology and the Ancient Mediterranean will be a hybrid offering, with in-person seminars, regional field trips (if allowed), and otherwise synchronous, remote instruction over Canvas and Zoom.

The shared element will bring students across the three programs together for once-weekly, remote (online) lectures, films, or workshops, supplemented by short readings. This part of our program time, equaling four credits, will be spent with students and faculty from across the three programs to gain a broader sense of how people make choices in their lives to create, consume, and enjoy particular sounds, foods, and elements of material culture.


Fall 2021 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

So (14): 10055
Fr (14): 10056
Winter 2022 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

So (14): 20220
Fr (14): 20221

Academic details

Preparatory For

History, anthropology, archaeology, classics, etc.

Maximum Enrollment
Class Standing

$50 fee each quarter to cover field trips to nearby sites and museums, if possible. In the case that museums are still closed, the fees will be waived.


In Person or Remote
Hybrid (F)
Hybrid (W)
Time Offered
Schedule Evergreen link
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First Meeting

SEM 2 C1105 - Lecture


Date Revision
2021-04-22 This program is now 14 credits