Schedule

WEEK 1

1/7

  • Introduction to the course

1/9

  • Introduction: civilizations, states and empires
  • The History of Prehistory

Readings

  • Patterns in Prehistory, Chapter 1

WEEK 2

1/14

  • Social Theory of State Emergence

Readings

  • Patterns in Prehistory, Chapter 7

1/16

  • The Rise of Agriculture
  • Why Agriculture Matters

Readings

  • Patterns in Prehistory, Chapter 6

WEEK 3

1/21

  • Martin Luther King Day – class cancelled

1/23

  • Agricultural Foundations in the Ancient Near East
  • Egypt: Geographic Setting

Readings

  • Patterns in Prehistory, Chapter 9 (pp. 368 – 373)

WEEK 4

1/28

  • Egypt: The Neolithic Transition

1/30

  • Egypt: The Early Predynastic

Readings

  • Patterns in Prehistory, Chapter 9 (pp. 373 – 377)
  • Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, Chapter 5 (pp. 89-103) [view PDF]

WEEK 5

2/4 & 2/6

  • Egypt: The Late Predynastic
  • Egypt: The Emergence of the Unified State

Readings

  • The earliest representations of royal power in Egypt: the rock drawings of Nag el-Hamdulab (Aswan) [view PDF]
  • Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, Chapter 5 (pp. 109-120) [view PDF]

Assignments

  • Blog #1 Due (post Due Thursday by 5pm, response due Sunday by 5pm)

WEEK 6

2/11

  • Egypt Uncovered: Chaos and Kings

2/13

  • Egypt: The Archaic, Old Kingdom, and Collapse

Readings

  • Patterns in PrehistoryChapter 9 (pp. 377-384)
  • Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, Chapter 6 [view PDF]

WEEK 7

2/18

  • Exam 1 Q & A

2/20

  • Exam 1

WEEK 8

2/25 & 2/27

  • Southwest Asia: The Emergence of Inequality
  • Mesopotamia: Early States

Assignments

  • Blog #2 Due (post Due Thursday by 5pm, response due Sunday by 5pm)

Readings

  • Patterns in Prehistory, Chapter 8
  • Susan Pollack, Ancient Mesopotamia, Chapter 4 [download PDF]

WEEK 9

  • No classes, Spring Break

WEEK 10

3/11 & 3/13

  • MONDAY (3/11) class cancelled – Ethan traveling back from conference.
  • Indus Valley: Harappan civilization
  • Sumer-Egypt-Indus world system

Readings

  • Patterns in Prehistory, Chapter 10
  • Susan Pollack, Ancient Mesopotamia, Chapter 5 [download PDF]

WEEK 11

3/18 & 3/20

  • Indus Valley: Harappan civilization
  • Sumer-Egypt-Indus world system

Readings

  • Patterns in Prehistory, Chapter 11

WEEK 12

3/25

  • China: Lungshan Roots
  • China: Shang civilization

3/27

  • Exam 2 Q & A

Assignments

  • Blog #3 Due (post Due Thursday by 5pm, response due Sunday by 5pm)

WEEK 13

4/1

  • Exam #2
4/3
  • Greece: The Emergence of the Archaic Greek State (Guest lecture by Jon Frey)

Readings

  • Patterns in Prehistory, Chapter 13

WEEK 14

4/8 & 4/10

  • Mesoamerica: Emergence of Inequality
  • Mesoamerica: Teotihuacan
  • Mesoamerica: Classic Maya states

Readings

  • Patterns in Prehistory, Chapter 13

WEEK 15

4/15 & 4/17

  • Mesoamerica: Classic Maya states (cont)
  • Mesoamerica: The Highlands

Readings

  • Patterns in Prehistory, Chapter 13

WEEK 16

4/22

  • The Andes: Ancient Elites, Ecology and Political Power

Readings

  • Patterns in Prehistory, Chapter 14

4/24

  • The Andes: Ancient Elites, Ecology and Political Power

Assignments

  • Blog #4 Due (post Due Thursday by 5pm, response due Sunday by 5pm)

Readings

  • Patterns in Prehistory, Chapter 16

FINAL EXAM

  • Take-home Final Exam Due May 2 before 5pm.

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