ANTH 310 World Prehistory

World prehistory provides an interdisciplinary overview of the major developments in the early human past.  Drawing principally upon archaeological, but also biological, linguistic, and anthropological sources, this global coverage of human prehistory examines ancient cultures and societies of Africa, Europe, the Americas, Asia, and the Pacific.  The course explores human evolution, adaptive behavior, the hunter and gatherer diaspora, plant and animal domestication, trade, the development of agriculture and the origins of states.  Through cross cultural comparisons and anthropological theory the course explores such topics as the origins of gender differences in the division of labor, the role of ideology in cultural adaptation, differential access to technologies, economic production, artistic expression, and mechanisms of cultural change.

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