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LAC 556 Pre-Hispanic Mexico and Central America

LAC 556.  Pre-Hispanic Mexico and Central America.  3 Credits.   NW S/W   

A survey of indigenous, Pre-Hispanic cultures of Mexico and Central America, including Olmecs, Teotihuacan, Mayas, Zapotecs, Toltecs, and Aztecs. This course teaches how to interpret art, architecture, artifacts, and culture change in the context of iconography and symbols, metaphysical beliefs and ritual practices, crafts and technologies, trade and exchange, social inequality and conflict resolution, and the relationships among these cultures and their environments. (Same as ANTH 506 and HIST 571.) Prerequisite: A course in Anthropology, Latin American Studies, Art History, Museum Studies, Indigenous Studies, History, or permission of instructor.