Fall 2021 - ARCH 100 D100

Ancient Peoples and Places (3)

Class Number: 4412

Delivery Method: Distance Education


  • Course Times + Location:


  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 17, 2021
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM



A broad survey of human cultural development from the late Palaeolithic/PalaeoIndian periods (ca 40,000 BP) to the rise of civilization and empires, in both the Old and New Worlds. Breadth-Social Sciences.


When does artwork first appear, and what did it mean? Did the Nazca peoples of Peru really construct giant lines on the desert floor so these could be observed from above? Was corn really domesticated to make alcohol? What caused the highly advanced Classic Maya civilization to collapse (and did this really happen)? This course offers students a glimpse into the human past, from the outcompeting of our Neandertal cousins to the rise of ancient civilizations. Along the way, we will cover topics ranging from the spread of humans into the Americas to the development of food production; from the earliest writing to the creation of Stonehenge and other monuments; from the creation of ancient calendar systems to the practice of human sacrifice. Cultures discussed include the Egyptians, Maya, Mesopotamians, cliff dwellers of the American Southwest, the Moche and Inca civilizations of the Andes, and the Minoans and Myceneans of Greece.

This course does not have a textbook. Instead, a variety of outside sources, including articles, short videos, and web resources will be provided on Canvas for each course module.


  • Exam I 33%
  • Exam II 33%
  • Final Exam 34%



No required text.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.