Spring 2021 - ARCH 100 D900

Ancient Peoples and Places (3)

Class Number: 4709

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:


  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 28, 2021
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM



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 did artwork first appear, and what did it mean? Did the Nazca peoples of Peru really construct giant lines on the desert floor so they 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 out-competing 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 Stonhenge 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 the Minoans and Myceneans of Greece. 


  • Exam I 33%
  • Exam II 33%
  • Final Exam 34%



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.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need classroom or exam accommodations are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Students with Disabilities (1250 Maggie Benston Centre) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.

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

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).