The Ancient Maya
In this class, students will learn the history of the Maya of Central America, from the first indigenous inhabitants of the Maya region to the modern Maya of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador. The class will cover the major periods in Maya history and prehistory such as the adoption of agriculture, the rise of states, the Classic period, the collapse, and the Conquest. We will also cover topics about Maya society such as politics, economics, and religion. The course will use Sharer and Traxler’s (2006) text The Ancient Maya and Martin and Grube’s (2008) Chronicle of Maya Kings and Queens. Other short readings may also be assigned. Class will meet twice a week for three hours. There will be a take-home midterm and a take-home final exam.