ANTH 219 The Art and Archeology of Maya Civilization: A Marriage Made in Xibalba

Last offered Fall 2013

Cross Listed as ARTH209
The ancient Maya civilization was one of the most sophisticated and complex cultures of prehispanic Central America. Its complex calendrics, astronomy, mathematics and hieroglyphic writing system are well known worldwide. The course will examine the trajectory and nature of ancient Maya civilization from the combined perspectives of archaeology and art history. The origins and evolution of the Maya states during the Preclassic period (1000 B.C.-A.D. 250) will be explored by looking at the rich archaeological evidence and at Preclassic art styles. The Classic Maya civilization (A.D. 250-1000) will then be presented through a detailed survey of the archaeology, art and hieroglyphic texts of this period. Finally, the collapse of Classic Maya civilization and its transformation and endurance during the Postclassic period and under early Spanish rule (A.D. 1000-1600) will be critically evaluated through a detailed review of the archaeological and iconographic evidence.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: midterm and final exams, hieroglyphic project, research paper
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Prerequisites: none, but an introductory ARTH or ANTH course recommended
Enrollment Preference: Anthopology/Sociology and Art History majors
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ARTH; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under ANTH
Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: ARTH pre-1400 Courses
Enrollment Limit: none
Expected Enrollment: 16
Class Number: 1270
ANTH 219 LEC Art&Archaeology Maya Civiliztn Division 2: Social Studies Antonia E. Foias
ANTH 219 LEC Art&Archaeology Maya Civiliztn Division 2: Social Studies Antonia E. Foias
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