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Faculty Of Humanities & Social Sciences

ARC3AZT, 2012

Subject Code:ARC3AZT
Subject Short Title:ARCHAEOLOGY OF ANCIENT MEXICO, CULMINATING WITH THE AZTEC EMPIRE
Credit Points:15
Subject Description:The Aztecs are the most famous ancient Mexican culture, but in fact they were the last of a long sequence of civilisations in what archaeologists call ancient Mesoamerica. Other cultures include the Olmec (Mesoamerica's first great civilisation), the Zapotec and Mixtec cultures, Teotihuacan, and the Toltecs. In this subject we will consider each of these in turn. Along the way we shall look at various aspects of ancient Mesoamerica, from subsistence and trade, to politics, religion, and world view. The seminars will deal with topical issues, such as agriculture, writing, the calendar, and warfare.
Prerequisites:15 credit points of archaeology subjects or co-ordinator's approval
Incompatibles:ARC2AZT
Class Requirements:Three one-hour lectures per week
Work Experience Indicator:Student is not undertaking work experience in industry
Available to 'Study Abroad' students:Y

Assessment:

Assessment Type%Comments
Three map and short identification quizzes (600-word equivalent)15
One 2-hour mid-term examination in class (1,400-word equivalent)35
One 2000-word essay50

Readings:

Reading TypeTitleAuthorPublisher
PrescribedMexico from the Olmecs to the Aztecs,Coe,M.D. and Koontz,R.5th ed., Thames and Hudson 2002
RecommendedThe Aztecs Townsend, R.F.(revised edition), Thames and Hudson 2000

Subject Coordinator: Prof Peter Mathews

Subject Availability
BUNDOORA
Semester 1, Day. Prof Peter Mathews (P.Mathews@latrobe.edu.au)