ANTHRARC 490 - Prehistory of North America
Section: 001
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Anthropology, Archaeological (ANTHRARC)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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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 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 in eastern North America 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. The course also looks in depth at the development of Puebloan society in the Southwest, tracing cultural developments from the first mobile bands of hunters and gatherers about 10,000 years ago, to the introduction of agriculture and the beginnings of the first semi-sedentary farming villages, to the emergence of multistoried Pueblo towns that dominated the Southwest when the Spaniards invaded New Mexico in 1540. Requirements include three in-class “hourly” exams. Required readings include two texts and a series of online articles (pdfs on CTools) supplementing the lectures.

ANTHRARC 490 - Prehistory of North America
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: (Meets with Anthrarc 687.001)
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ISBN: 0500285322
Ancient North America : the archaeology of a continent, Author: Brian M. Fagan., Publisher: Thames & Hudson 4. ed. 2005
ISBN: 0195367405
This land was theirs : a study of Native North Americans, Author: Wendell H. Oswalt., Publisher: Oxford University Press 9th ed. 2009
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