LAA 557. The Ancient Maya. 3 Hours S/W.

An intensive examination of current scholarship on the ancient Maya civilization of Mexico and Central America. The course will consider Maya culture from its roots in early villages of the Preclassic period to the warring city-states of the Postclassic period. Topics will include settlement and subsistence systems, sociopolitical evolution, art and architecture, myth and symbolism, and Maya hieroglyphic writing. An important theme of the course will be the relevance of the Precolumbian Maya for understanding complex societies and contemporary Latin American Culture. (Same as ANTH 507.) Prerequisite: One Anthropology, Latin American Studies, Art History, Museum Studies, or Indigenous Studies course, or permission of the instructor. LEC.