Summer 2021 - ARCH 100 D100

Ancient Peoples and Places (3)

Class Number: 3497

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM



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 online synchronous 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 millenia. Students will be introduced to the origin of our species, the appearance of modern behaviour, 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 inequity, 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 (multiple choice, non-cumulative) 45%
  • Final Exam (multiple choice, non-cumulative) 55%



2020. Deborah I. Olszewski. Archaeology and Humanity's Story: A Brief Introduction to World Prehistory, 2nd edition. Oxford University Press.
ISBN: 9780190930127

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