ANTH 103 Introduction to South American Archaeology • 5 Cr.


The vast continent of South America was the home for numerous prehistoric adaptations in diverse landscapes. Explore the magnificent ruins of the Inca, Moche, Nazca, Wari, and ancient peoples of the Amazon Basin. South American archaeology in global context is addressed, as well as the plight of modern descendants.


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 South America. Describe how archaeological studies of South American 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 South 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.