Fall 2022 - ARCH 100 D100

Ancient Peoples and Places (3)

Class Number: 6148

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 7 – Dec 6, 2022: Tue, 2:30–5:20 p.m.



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 Roman Pompeii.

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%
  • Exam III 34%



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Department Undergraduate Notes:

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Deferred grades will be given only on the basis of authenticated medical disability.

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