Have you ever wanted to visit Maya pyramids hidden in the jungle? Students enrolled in the Anthropology course ANTH 323: Mesoamerican Archaeology will have an opportunity to participate in an optional trip to Belize to explore ancient Maya sites. Costs for the trip are additional. For more information, contact Dr. Beverly Chiarulli (email@example.com).
The course is an introduction to the archaeology of Mesoamerica which explores the natural and cultural diversity of the area south of the United States and north of lower Central America. It surveys the history of archaeological research in Mesoamerica and examines some of the specific methods of archaeological research that are unique to Mesoamerican archaelogy. The focus is on three areas—the Gulf Coast and the Olmecs; the Valley of Mexico and its long history of settlement from the Tehuacan Valley through the Aztecs; and the southern Highlands and Lowlands inhabited by the Maya, although other regions of Mesoamerica will also be discussed.