This course focuses on the rise and fall of the ancient civilizations of Latin America. Two major goals are to expose undergraduates to an anthropological perspective and to a comparative perspective. The geographic focus is on two key regions:(1)South America (Peru and Bolivia); and (2)Mesoamerica (Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras). The South American societies to be studied include the Chavin, Moche, Chimu, Wari, Tiwanaku, and Inca. The Mesoamerican societies to be studied include the Olmec, Zapotec, Maya, Mixtec, and Aztec.