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ARC 49 — Archaeological Treasures of Spain: From Altamira to Seville Cathedral

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Jan 11—Mar 1
Time: 7:00—9:05 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 13
Unit: 1
Tuition: $485
Instructor(s): Patrick Hunt
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—9:05 pm (PT)
Jan 11—Mar 1
8 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 13
1 Unit
Patrick Hunt
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
The Iberian Peninsula has been under intense scrutiny at least since the 5th century BCE. Herodotus named and described the Iber (Ebro) River flowing through this rich landscape, which would become critical to human prehistory and history. Spanish Neanderthals created the first known cave paintings in La Pasiega around 65,000 years ago, followed by Homo sapiens and their beautiful art at Altamira (circa 35,000 BCE). From the Neolithic to the Bronze and Iron ages, Spain has produced some of the world’s best archaeological remains: the astronomical megalithic dolmens of Menga; the copper and silver mines of Tartessus; and the Celtiberian iron mines that led to Spain’s silver and iron weapons becoming instrumental in Hannibal’s endeavors.

Rome continued these exploitations. The height of the Roman Empire saw two Iberian-born emperors—Trajan and Hadrian—from Italica (near Seville). Roman aqueducts at Segovia and Tarragona and the remains of cities like Mérida testify to the empire’s greatness. Subsequently, the Moors established Al-Andalus in the 8th century CE, leaving an incredible Islamic archaeological legacy and imposing fortresses along with the Alhambra of Granada. When Christian monarchs reconquered Spain in 1492, many new castles and cathedrals emerged, including Segovia’s Alcazar Castle and the largest Gothic cathedral in the world at Seville. This amply illustrated course explores these vast archaeological treasures of Spain, which remain today as vital hallmarks of civilization.

Former Director, Stanford Alpine Archaeology Project; Research Associate, Archeoethnobotany, Institute for EthnoMedicine

Patrick Hunt is the author of 25 books and a lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America. He received a PhD from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club, and he is an explorer and expeditions expert for National Geographic. His Alps research has been sponsored by the National Geographic Expeditions Council.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Patrick Hunt, Hannibal (ISBN 978-1439102183)
(Required) William Philips & Carla Rahn Phillips, A Concise History of Spain (Cambridge Concise Histories) 2nd Edition (ISBN 978-1107525054)
(Required) Mark Williams, The Story of Spain (ISBN 978-8489954830)