Anthropology | Prehistory of Midwestern U.S.
P361 | 27100 | Alt


NOTE: THIS COURSE MEETS FOR THE FIRST 8 WEEKS ONLY.

This course is a short but intensive look at the histories of people
who lived in the Midwestern United States from the arrival of people
on the continent through European conquest. From Hopewell to
Mississippian, the Midwest was the center of some of the most
important and interesting cultural developments in pre-Columbian North
America. For example, did you know that Indiana has great mounds and
earthworks built to create sacred landscapes, or that events in
Indiana helped shape legislation to protect cultural resources across
the US? Or that the first city in North America was built in Illinois
1000 years ago? Interactions of pre-Columbian peoples, histories,
landscapes, ideologies, cosmologies, technologies and art, will be
examined through site reports, case studies and films in developing an
understanding of the pre-Colombian people of the Midwest.



Evaluation will be based on two multiple choice exams and a short
paper on a case study that interests you.
There is no textbook for this course, readings are available as PDF’s
on oncourse.