In this class, we will survey the ancient civilizations of Mesoamerica they have been documented through archaeological and anthropological research. The course covers studies of the earliest inhabitants of the Americas, and explores the Olmec, Maya, Toltec, Aztec, and more, with emphasis on the Maya civilizations of Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico.

We will also use historical evidence as a guide to understanding "daily life" among these groups. This includes explorations into foodways and folklore, particularly within the Yucatan peninsula.

Students who enroll will learn how to read Maya hieroglyphs, speak basic conversational Yucatec Maya, and practice creating the tool technologies of the earliest Americans.

If you would like a preview of the other types of materials we use in the course, please explore below!

Anthropology Links
National Association of Student Anthropologists
Mesoweb: An Exploration of Mesoamerican Cultures
Anthropology in the News
Directory of anthropologists
Careers in anthropology
Choosing the right fieldschool
Museum of Weird Consumer Culture
NVC Links
Office of Student Services
NVC Catalog
Writing Center
Testing & Tutoring Center
Study Abroad!
McCarthy Library
Disabled Students Programs and Services
Online Education
Division of Social Sciences


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