ANTH 211 Incas & Their Ancestors • 5 Cr.
Class title change starting Summer 2013
Great Discoveries in South American Archeology • 5 Cr.
Explore the magnificent ancient civilizations of South America by taking a virtual tour of the spectacular ruins of the Inca, Moche, Nazca, Wari and many other prehistoric cultures. A consideration of South American archaeology in global context is addressed, as well as the plight of modern descendants.
After completing this class, students should be able to:• Differentiate between the fields of anthropology and how archaeologists use the culture concept in studying the past. • Recognize, identify, and employ the scientific method in anthropology, and distinguish between coherent arguments based on such principles from other claims. • Assess the vast cultural diversity of prehistoric indigenous peoples of South America. • Describe how archaeological studies of South American Natives reveal characteristics of cultural behavior and explain how those behaviors have changed through time. • Distinguish between several broad prehistoric adaptations made by South American Natives. • Explain the relevance of archaeology to global issues, ethics, and cultural diversity. • Identify how colonial forces impact(ed) indigenous cultures and critique the plight of modern descendants.