Spring 2024 - ARCH 273 D100

Archaeology of the New World (3)

Class Number: 4523

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Fri, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 15, 2024
    Mon, 3:30–6:30 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    Any one of the following: ARCH 100, ARCH 101, EVSC 100, GEOG 100, or REM 100.



A survey of prehistoric cultures of North and South America. The peopling of the New World, the rise of the pre-Columbian civilizations of Mexico and Peru, and the cultural adaptations by prehistoric populations to other parts of the New World. Breadth-Social Sciences.


This course is a survey of the Indigenous cultures of North, Central and South
America, prior to contact with Europeans. Coverage will focus on Culture Areas,
their material culture, and adjustments to varying environmental conditions.
Attention will include the peopling of the North and South America, hunter-gatherer
cultural history, social complexity, agricultural origins, long-distance exchange and
culture contact, and the emergence of cities, states and empires.


  • Paper Proposal 10%
  • Annotated Bibliography 15%
  • Term Paper 25%
  • Midterm Exam 25%
  • Final Exam 25%



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