ANTHRARC 490 - Prehistory of North America
Section: 001
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Anthropology, Archaeological (ANTHRARC)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Advisory Prerequisites:
Sophomore & above/permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Students are introduced to the diversity of prehistoric Native American cultures in North America, with emphasis on the Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Great Basin, and Southwest. Twelve thousand years of accommodations to diverse natural and social environments are covered, starting with the initial peopling of the Americas and ending with early contacts between Europeans and Native Americans. Topics of special interest include the extinction of mammoths, mastodons, and other megafauna at the end of the Pleistocene or "Ice Age"; changing hunter-gatherer adaptations leading to the independent domestication of several seed-bearing plants and the origins of agriculture; the development of organizationally complex societies, often called chiefdoms, in the Southeast and southern Midwest; and the devastating impact of European exploration and colonization on the cultures of Native North America. Requirements include three in-class "hourly" exams (there will be no final examination). Required readings include two texts and course pack with articles supplementing the lectures.

ANTHRARC 490 - Prehistory of North America
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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