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.
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!