Origins and development of the major civilizations of Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize from the earliest times to the Spanish conquest. Emphasis upon the Olmecs, Mayas, Toltecs, and Aztecs. Examination of social and political organization, economic systems, ecological adaptations, major artistic achievements, and writing systems.
Required course for the major in Anthropology.
Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement.
(Not offered 2015-2016; offered in alternating years.)