Anthropology | Archaeology of Ancient Mexico
P350 | 24940 | King

This course is a survey of the archaeology of ancient Mexico.  You
will learn about the complex origins and achievements of the
indigenous peoples of Mesoamerica, from the Olmec to the Aztec (and
beyond).  This course outlines cultural developments in the northern
desert regions, West Mexico, the highland valleys of the Sierra Madre,
the Yucatan peninsula, and the Pacific and Gulf coasts, notably the
Olmec, Zapotec, Teotihuacan, Maya, Toltec, Mixtec, and Aztec.  We will
study the major issues, controversies and current debates in
Mesoamerican archaeology. Topics will include the transition to
settled life; the emergence of political stratification; the
organization of craft production; the formation of urban centers;
elite ideology, legitimacy and wealth; gender and power; human
sacrifice and warfare; Mesoamerican religion; the Spanish
conquest/invasion; and the role of the prehispanic past in the
construction of Mexican national identity.  Classes will consist of
lectures, films, and discussions.

Prerequisite: P200, equivalent, or permission of instructor