ANTH 102 Intro Mexican and Central American Archaeology • 5 Cr.


Journey through time to the spectacular prehistoric ruins of the Aztec, Maya, and many other native cultures of Mexico and Central America. Discover how ancient inhabitants dealt with earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, droughts, and other environmental challenges. Connections to contemporary populations are addressed and the place of prehistoric Mesoamerica in global history is considered.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Differentiate between the fields of anthropology and how archaeologists use the culture concept in studying the past. Recognize, identify, and employ the scientific method in studying the human past. Assess the vast cultural diversity of prehistoric indigenous peoples of Mexico and Central America. Describe how archaeological studies of Mesoamerican natives reveal characteristics of cultural behavior and explain how those behaviors have changed through time. Distinguish between several broad prehistoric adaptations made by indigenous groups living in diverse environments throughout Mexico and Central America. Explain the relevance of archaeology to global issues, ecology, ethics, and cultural diversity. Identify how colonial forces impact(ed) indigenous cultures and critique the plight of modern descendants and their Environmental, Economic, & Sociopolitical Challenges.