Remarkable human achievements are revealed by archaeological research, but the human past was frequently shaped as well by disasters of natural and human origin. Drawing on case studies that include data from the geosciences, archaeological excavations, and historical sources, this class examines how earth processes, the biosphere, and human cultural behavior were all sources of catastrophe. Prerequisites: Anchor II, DISC 200. Co-requisites: DISC 300. Cross Listings: GEOLOGY 327.