Civilizations of Mexico and Central America II: the Olmec and Classic Maya
This class continues an earlier LLI class that focused on the Teotihuacan and Aztec cultures of Mexico but shifts attention to the equally important lowland civilizations of the Olmec (1200-400 BC) and the Classic Maya (250-900 AD). Following an overview of the Olmec, the earliest of the civilizations, the course will focus on the elaborate Maya societies of the Yucatan Peninsula as revealed through their own written history and site archaeology. The exquisite Maya art and architecture as evidenced in cities such as Tikal and Palenque will be introduced, and historic accounts will be reviewed that illustrate the nature of Maya religion and political power.Clarence Geier is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Archaeology at JMU, where he taught courses in North American, Meso American, and Celtic and Viking archeology for 39 years.
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