ANTHRARC 386 - Early Civilizations
Section: 001
Term: FA 2013
Subject: Anthropology, Archaeological (ANTHRARC)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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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.

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ANTHRARC 386 - Early Civilizations
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
W 11:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (DIS)
W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 9780521575683
Ancient Mesopotamia : the eden that never was, Author: Susan Pollock., Publisher: Cambridge Univ. Press Repr. 2002
ISBN: 9780521576529
The Harappan Civilization., Author: Rita P. Wright., Publisher: Cambridge University Press 1. publ. 2009
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