ANTHRARC 386 - Early Civilizations
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Anthropology, Archaeological (ANTHRARC)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
ULWR, SS
Advisory Prerequisites:
Sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In this course, we explore archaeological evidence and theoretical frameworks for the study of the world’s earliest states and civilizations. The course takes an explicitly comparative perspective — exploring the first civilizations of Mesopotamia, South Asia, China, Mexico, and Peru, through an examination of such issues as economic structures and transformations, social hierarchy and systems of leadership, ideology and belief systems, monuments and cities, and writing and administration. In discussing each case, we seek to explore what is distinctive – and what is similar – in the processes and structures, histories, and material remains of each.

The course begins with a general introduction to archaeological methods and evidence, and then presents an historical overview of prior approaches to the study of states and civilizations, before exploring the individual case studies. We conclude by discussing the end of states and the environmental, political, and other conditions that lead to state collapse.

Required Readings:

  • Paul Bahn, Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, 2000;
  • Susan Pollock, Ancient Mesopotamia. Cambridge University Press, 1999;
  • Gregory Possehl, The Indus Civilization. Altamira Press, 2002;
  • T.N. D’Altroy, The Incas, Blackwell Publishing, 2003;
  • Other required readings are available through our C-tools web site.

ANTHRARC 386 - Early Civilizations
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
25405
Open
24
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
P
25406
Open
4
 
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M 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (DIS)
P
25407
Open
9
 
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M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
25408
Open
4
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 5:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
25409
Open
7
 
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W 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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