LAS 324L • PREHIST OF GUATEMALA-BLZ/GUA
THIS CLASS IS TAUGHT IN GUATEMALA/BELIZE. This course reviews the prehistory of Guatemala and neighboring regions. Beginning with Paleoindian finds, the settlement, characteristics, and development of human interaction is discussed. Archaic hunter-gatherers are presented as more complex settlements develop and the important contribution of these earliest horticulturalists. Preclassic Maya society in Guatemala is identified by 1000 BC and reaches its peak of developments during the Classic Period (AD 250-900). Postclassic Maya society represents a much-transformed civilization. The various stages of human settlement and the defining characteristics of each phase are reviewed in detail.
The Maya by M. Coe, Thames & Hudson Explorations in Peten by Ian Graham, MARI Other readings/articles will be provided by the instructor.