Spring 2023 - ARCH 100 D100

Ancient Peoples and Places (3)

Class Number: 4001

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 4 – Apr 11, 2023: Mon, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 21, 2023
    Fri, 8:30–11:30 a.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.


Through in-person lectures, this course provides a journey into the origin of modern society and on how some profound subsistence and cultural changes shaped it through the millennia. Students will be introduced to the origin of our species, the appearance of modern behavior, and the earliest complex societies in Africa, Eurasia, Australia and the Americas. Along this path, major cultural and technological developments will be examined such as the appearance of art and symbolism, the Neolithic and the urban “revolutions”, the emergence of warfare and social inequality, and the first Chiefdoms, States, and Empires. Finally, the students will learn about pre-modern civilizations such as the Sumer, the Egyptians, the Mycenaeans, the Chinese Dynasties, the Maya, the Aztec and the Incas.


  • Midterm 1 (Multiple choice quiz, non-cumulative) 25%
  • Midterm 2 (Multiple choice quiz, non-cumulative) 35%
  • Final Exam (Multiple choice quiz, non-cumulative) 40%



Deborah I. Olszewski (2020), Archaeology and Humanity's Story: A Brief Introduction to World Prehistory, 2ndEdition, Oxford University Press.

Print ISBN: 9780190930127 (new or used)

eText ISBN: 9780190930134 (rentable at: https://www.vitalsource.com)


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