Ancient Civilizations Deep in the Jungle: Mesoamerican Archaeology

SS104
Spring 21

This course introduces students to the ancient civilizations of Mesoamerica. Students will acquire a broad overview of the landscape, environment, and cultural historical outlines of Mesoamerica, and discover the spatiotemporal changes as a dynamic whole. We will explore diverse topics including lifeways, beliefs, calendars, language, and the hieroglyphic writing system to get closer to ancient Mesoamerica. This course will help students understand and appreciate the complexities of the ancient world and the continuity of ancient culture in modern world, through which they will identify the characteristics of ancient Chinese culture. Besides, through using archaeological, ethnological, historical, and linguistic methodology, students are expected to get a broad overview of social science methodologies and be able to understand ancient cultures from the perspectives of social sciences. Students are required to attend class regularly. There will be a presentation in group basis as mid-term exam. At the end of the semester, each student will write a short paper on the topic of their choosing.

Yadi WEN

Yadi WEN

Yadi Wen is a scholar in the field or history and archaeology. She received her MPhil and PhD in History from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.