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Fall 2013-2014
* ART 268 / LAS 268 (LA)   No Pass/D/Fail

Introduction to Mesoamerican Material Culture

Christina T. Halperin

This course explores the art and archaeology of Mesoamerica, including the cultures and regions of the Olmec, West Mexico, Teotihuacan, Oaxaca, Maya, and Aztec. From temple pyramids and carved stone monuments located in plaza centers to the broken ceramic sherds and stone tools found in household trash deposits, material culture comprises one of the basic resources archaeologists examine to understand past ways of life. The course will explore the inferences scholars make in the analysis of material remains as well as the ways in which material culture was integral to the making of ancient political, economic, religious, and social systems.

Sample reading list:
Coe, Michael D., and Rex Koontz, Mexico: From Olmecs to the Aztecs
Hendon, Julia A., and Rosemary A. Joyce, eds., Mesoamerican Archaeology: Theory and Practice
Kowalski, Jeff Karl, and Cynthia Kristan-Graham, eds., Twin Tollans: Chichén Itzá, Tula
Smith, Michael E., and Frances F. Berdan, eds., The Postclassic Mesoamerican World

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly readings (exerts from books and journal articles); term paper (10-12 pages).

Mid Term Exam - 25%
Final Exam - 25%
Term Paper(s) - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other information:
For department majors, satisfies the Group 1 distribution requirement. Enrollment in precepts will be done using SCORE.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20557 L01 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M W        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
20558 P01 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
20559 P02 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled