ANTH 212 Great Discoveries in Mesoamerican Archeology • 5 Cr.
Journey into the exciting past of Mexico and Central America by exploring the spectacular archaeological remains of the Aztecs, Mayas, and many other peoples who built grand civilizations of Mesoamerica. Continue the expedition into the present as connections to contemporary populations are addressed and the place of ancient Mesoamerica in global history is considered.
After completing this class, students should be able to:• Differentiate between the fields of anthropology and how archaeologists use the culture concept in studying the past. • Recognize, identify, and employ the scientific method in anthropology, and distinguish between coherent arguments based on such principles from other claims. • Assess the vast cultural diversity of prehistoric indigenous peoples of Mesoamerica. • Describe how archaeological studies of Mesoamerican Natives reveal characteristics of cultural behavior and explain how those behaviors have changed through time. • Distinguish between several broad prehistoric adaptations made by Mesoamerican Natives. • Explain the relevance of archaeology to global issues, ethics, and cultural diversity. • Identify how colonial forces impact(ed) indigenous cultures and critique the plight of modern descendants. 6. Identify how colonial forces impact(ed) indigenous cultures and critique the plight of modern descendants.