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25 Centuries of Timekeeping: Introduction to the Maya Archaeology

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Course ID: 3101-AMTIME Erasmus code / ISCED: 08.4 / (0222) History and archaeology
Course title: 25 Centuries of Timekeeping: Introduction to the Maya Archaeology Name in Polish: 25 Centuries of Timekeeping: Introduction to the Maya Archaeology
Department: Institute of Archaeology
Course groups:
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Language: English
Type of course:

elective monographs


(in Polish) w sali

Short description:

An introduction to the understanding of the Maya culture with its specific geography, chronology, material culture, religion, intellectual achievments, and a geo-political context within the cultural region of Mesoamerica.

Full description:

Cultural components processed during the course:

- geography of Mesoamerica and the Maya world,

- natural environment,

- chronology (archaic, preclassic, classic, postclassic, and colonial periods),

- abbreviated history of selected sites,

- inner-regional politics of the Maya,

- religion and "cosmovisión",

- writing and art,

- calendar and mathematics,

- architecture, urbanism, "built environment",

- collapses of the Maya culture,

- conquest,

- contemporary Maya.


R. Sharer, L. Traxler: "The Ancient Maya. 6th edition", Stanford 2006

N. Grube (ed.): "Maya. Divine Kings of the Rainforest", 2011

S. Martin, N. Grube: "Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens", London 2008


+ literature given on the go during the semester

Assessment methods and assessment criteria:

Activity in class (discussions),

Presence (2 absences acceptable)

Oral exam comprising the covered topics and the given literature.

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