ARTH 209
The Art and Archeology of Maya Civilization
Last Offered Spring 2023
Division I
Cross-listed ANTH 219
This course is not offered in the current catalog

Class Details

The ancient Maya civilization was one of the most sophisticated and complex cultures of prehispanic Central America. Its complex calendrics, astronomy, mathematics, art and hieroglyphic writing system are celebrated 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 through the rich archaeological remains and 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 review of the archaeological, iconographic, and ethnohistorical evidence.
The Class: Format: lecture; lecture/discussion
Limit: none
Expected: 16
Class#: 3587
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: midterm and final exams, hieroglyphic project, 15pp research paper
Prerequisites: none, but an introductory ARTH or ANTH course recommended
Enrollment Preferences: Anthropology/Sociology and Art History majors
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ARTH 209 Division I ANTH 219 Division II

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