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ANTH 376 A   Archaeology of the Inkas Back to Results  

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EnrollmentGeneral18990
Total18990

InstructorGroleau, Amy B.
MeetsMW 245-400, ALUMNI 209
RestrictionsNo 2018
DistributionSocial Science Requirement
Core AreaNone
Count TowardsALS4/Latin American Studies NAST/Native American Studies

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This course explores the many cultures that flourished in the Central Andes of South America, from the Inka Empire to the earliest inhabitants during the Paleolithic. By examining the cities, shrines, and habitations they left behind, archaeology allows for unique glimpses into the Pre-Columbian past in an area of the world with no written records prior to the 16th Century. Students trace the development of long-distance trade, the origins of agriculture, the spread of early religious traditions, and the formation of the first cities and empires in South America. In addition to learning the culture history of the Central Andes, student engage in contemporary debates including cultural tourism and the popularization of the Andean past; art markets, looting, and ownership of archaeological remains; and the relationship of present-day Andean communities to their material heritage. A background in archaeology is beneficial but not required. (A, AR)