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ARC 03 — Mesoamerican and Peruvian Art and Archaeology

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 4 weeks
Date(s): Jul 5—Jul 26
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jul 7
Unit: 0
Grade Restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Tuition: $285
Instructor(s): Patrick Hunt
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Jul 5—Jul 26
4 weeks
Refund Date
Jul 7
0 Unit
Grade Restriction
NGR only; no credit/letter grade
Patrick Hunt
The jungles and mountains of the New World continue to reveal previously unknown details about fascinating cultures and lost cities now rediscovered, largely thanks to newly applied satellite and remote sensing techniques such as lidar and drones. It's now possible to see thousands of new sites under deep jungle cover or in places so steep they are inaccessible to human exploration on foot. In this course, we will explore the unique artistry and accomplishments of the Olmec, Maya, Teotihuacan, Toltec, and Aztec peoples of Mesoamerica and the Chavin, Nasca, Moche, Tiwanaku, Wari, and Inca cultures of the Andean and coastal areas of South America, through their history and archaeological remains.

In each class session, we will examine the architecture, art, religion, ancient topography, technologies, and material artifacts of these cultures and the places where they lived and worked in often spectacular landscapes, utilizing their natural resources in clearly deliberate and distinctly creative ways the Old World never imagined. We will also explore the archaeological techniques making these New World cultures more accessible.

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

Patrick Hunt is an author of twenty-four 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) Mary Ellen Miller (Author), The Art of Mesoamerica: From Olmec to Aztec (World of Art) (ISBN 978-0500204504)
(Required) Cecilia Pardo (Author), Jago Cooper (Author), Peru: a journey through time (ISBN 978-0714124919)