ANTH145 PO - Mesoamerican Archaeology

When Offered: Each fall.
Instructor(s): A. Chase
Credit: 1

This course covers the archaeology of Precolumbian complex societies like the Olmec, the Maya, and the Aztecs. It provides an introduction to the prehistory of the peoples of Mesoamerica (comprising all of Guatemala and Belize and parts of Mexico, El Salvador, and Honduras) from roughly 2000 BCE into the 16th century CE. It seeks to provide a definition of their common cultural background and to examine the archaeological record for the origins of these various societies and their rise into complex indigenous civilizations that were finally dismantled following contact with the Spanish in the sixteenth century. Emphasis will be placed on the nature of the archaeological interpretation of these native American cultures and on the diachronic and dynamic relationships between highland Mexican and lowland Maya groups. Letter grade only.
Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
Area 2; Writing Intensive

This course information is from the 2019-20 Pomona College Catalog. View this catalog.

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