College of Arts and Sciences | Lost Tribes and Sunken Continents
E104 | 26857 | Pyburn


1:00PM - 2:35PM TR
Class meets for the first 8-weeks only
See Schedule of Classes for discussion section times

This is a class about the mysteries of the past. During the
semester, several of the most intriguing ideas and questions about
the behavior and experience of ancient humans will be discussed,
including the origin of the Moundbuilders, the story of Atlantis,
ancient contacts with extraterrestrials, the fates of the Easter
Islanders and the Maya, lost cities of the Inca, and the shroud of
Turin. The point of covering this popular and sensational material
is threefold: Students will be introduced to the methods of science.
Most students have limited or inaccurate ideas about the goals and
possibilities of science that impede their ability to evaluate
information. Critical skills will be enhanced that will be useful to
the student in everyday life. Besides exposure to the scientific
approach, students will learn to take an anthropological approach to
identifying the cultural values promoted by particular claims about
the human past.

Nothing is more inspiring than the real story of human experience in
the most distant reaches of time, and nothing is more thrilling than
scientific discovery. Students will be exposed to the most exciting
current research in archaeology to develop an enlightened
perspective on the importance of scientific research to life in the
modern world. In this class students will be exposed to the basic
principles of anthropology and the methodology of scientific
archaeology.