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ANTH 131: MESOAMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGY

Napa Valley College Catalog Description:

An archaeological survey of the ancient civilizations of Mesoamerica. The course includes studies of the Olmec, the Maya, and the Aztec, with particular emphasis on Maya civilization. Students will explore the major archaeological sites of Mesoamerica through both primary sources and current archaeological research. CSU, UC

In this class, we will survey the ancient civilizations of Mexico as they have been documented through archaeological and anthropological research. The course covers cultures ranging from the early Formative to the Postclassic periods (1500 B.C. to 1530 A.D.) and includes studies of the Olmec, the Maya and the Aztec, with particular emphasis on Maya civilization.

 

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 of Mexico.