Fall 2021 - ARCH 301 OL01

Ancient Visual Art (3)

Class Number: 6309

Delivery Method: Distance Education


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Prerequisites:

    45 credit hours.



A selection of major art traditions from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Mesoamerica and South America is explored. Issues of intellectual property rights, copyright and the use of ancient art in contemporary contexts are also addressed. Breadth-Humanities.


This course is a journey through the world of ancient artworks, beginning with the earliest suggestions of intentional decoration (>500,000 years ago), and going forward to some of the most visually impressive ancient cultures, including Egypt, the Maya, and the Inca. Along the way, we will cover issues such as the role of ritual in ancient artwork (and vice-versa) and how art & architecture reflect social structures – such as the beginnings of state level society. Recorded lectures are lavishly illustrated, and supplemented by a variety of online video sources.


  • Module Discussions (5 @ 2% each) 10%
  • Image Quizzes (4 @ 10% each) 40%
  • Take-home Assignments (2 @ 25% each) 50%



Kelker, Nancy L. (2021) Art of the Non-Western World. Asia, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. Oxford University Press.

ISBN: 9780190263102

Bahn, Paul (2012) Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction (2nd Edition).  Oxford University Press.

ISBN: 9780199657438

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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