Summer 2019 - ARCH 332 D100

Special Topics in Archaeology I (3)


Class Number: 4914

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SECB 1014, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    30 units or by permission of instructor.



This course will be offered from time to time to meet special needs of students and to make use of specializations of visiting faculty members.


This course will introduce students to the archaeology of Mesoamerica, with a heavy emphasis on the Maya and their interaction with Teotihuacán in Central Mexico.  Students will become familiar with the culture history of the area, beginning in the Middle and Late Preclassic period (the rise of major cities in both the Maya world and central Mexico), and continuing through the Classic period, the collapse, and into the Postclassic world system.  Topics will include Maya households and commoners, Maya science and technology (including counting and writing systems), Maya mythology and astronomy, artworks, Political history and political science, new models of the Terminal Classic and Classic Maya "Collapse," and the world of the Post Classic.


  • Quiz 1 25%
  • Quiz 2 25%
  • Quiz 3 25%
  • Quiz 4 25%



Coe, Michael D. and Stephen Houston (2015).  The Maya. Ninth Edition.  Thames & Hudson, London. 
ISBN: 978-0-500-29188-7

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