ARC 280: Archaeology of the Andes

Machu Picchu

In this course you will explore the prehistory of South America from its earliest peopling to the Spanish Conquest.  We will particularly focus on the rise of civilization in the ancient Andes.  During the course of the term you will examine current topics of debate in South American Archaeology including: the controversial evidence for early man in South America, the role the dramatic Andean environment played in shaping ancient lifeways, the origin of domesticated plants and animals, and the rise of various complex societies including the Moche, Tiwanaku, Wari, Chimu, and Inca.  The Spanish Conquest and the early Colonial Period will also be discussed.

Gateway of the Sun




This course is offered every third semester.