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ARTH 2208 Way Before Columbus:Treasures of the Lands/Andes (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course focuses on the most significant masterpieces of the Ancient Americas, including the colossal Olmec heads, the sarcophagus cover from the tomb of the Maya ruler Pakal, and goldwork from the royal tombs of Sipan, Peru. The art will be closely examined in the context of the archaeology, religious beliefs, rituals, and technology of the ancient cultures. How do practices of human sacrifice, blood-drawing, burial, weaving, & pottery-making reflect the culture? Learn about the mysteries of the Aztec Calendar Stone, the Temple of the Feathered Serpent at Teotihuacan, and the unusual sculptured pots of the Moche of Peru.


Instructor(s): Diana McDonnald

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13