ANTHRO 2139 Shamans, Serpents, and Spirits: Archaeology of the Borderlands: 3 semester hours

This course will explore the archaeology of the American Southwest and Northern Mexico. Students will study unique cultures developed at places such as Pueblo Bonito, Mesa Verde, and Casas Grandes. Living in such a harsh environment necessitated novel cultural developments in housing, settlement patterns, religion, and agriculture. These innovations allowed the development of great and influential cultures interacting with cultures far and wide. Emphasis will be placed on religion, social hierarchy, architecture, cosmology, shamanism, and trade. Satisfies the Cultural Diversity requirement.