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ART 540 Art of Prehistory (Humanities Elective)

(Either semester/3 credits) 

This course traces the development of human culture and civilization, as expressed in artistic and archaeological evidence, from the origins of modern humans through the advent of agriculture and urbanism across the world. It consists of a coherent, chronological survey of human prehistory, as found in the archaeological remains. Special attention will be paid to artistic expression as a medium for communication and change. The geographic areas discussed in this course include southern, western and eastern Asia; Europe; Africa; and the Americas. The broad geographical scope of the course allows us to make comparisons of cultural developments across the globe.