Anthropology 290

High Civilizations of Antiquity

Did you ever wonder how an Egyptian mummy was made? Or perhaps you are fascinated with what life was like in the ancient civilizations of the world. This class uses archaeology, history, and anthropology to explore and reconstruct the lifeways of the ancient Egyptians, Mesopotamians, Maya, and Aztecs. We will examine the differences in development between Old and New World civilizations against the backdrops of the great cultural achievements left to us by the people of these fascinating cultures. There is no prerequisite for this course, other than a willingness to learn the past. (5 lecture hours)


(Etruscan Hydreri, ca. 510 BC, Northern Italy)