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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Fall 2006

LAS 381 • WRITING SYSTEMS OF ANCIENT MESOAMERICA

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
41473 W
12:00 PM-3:00 PM
ART 3.432
STUART

Course Description

A detailed investigation of the different writing systems and inscribed media from ancient Mesoamerica, focusing on Olmec, Maya, Isthmian, Zapotec, Mixtec, and Nahua (Aztec) traditions. Students will learn the basic visual and linguistic features of these systems, and consider important issues surrounding their origin and developmental history from an archaeological perspective. The general goal is a consideration of how scripts and their relationships to other communicative arts changed over 2000 years of Mesoamerican cultural development. Prerequisite: One of the ARH 347 courses or consent of instructor.

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