OSHR 1089 - Discover the Lost Cities of the Americas

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Put on your panama hats and khakis and get ready to explore some of the most fantastic and remarkable archaeological sites in North, Central, and South America. Gain an appreciation for the cultures of the people who lived in five ancient cities.

Learn how we know what we know about their lives, and discuss tips for those who want to travel to these sites. The cities covered include: 1) Chaco Canyon, New Mexico; 2) Teotihuacan, Mexico; 3) Copán, Honduras; 4) Tenochtitlan, Mexico; and 5) Machu Picchu, Peru.

The course will also include information on significant recent archaeological finds from other ancient cities that enrich our understanding of these marvelous cultures. Join us to uncover the riches of the past!

Readings: (Students may choose to purchase one or more of these books based on the area of their primary interest): North America: Cordell, Linda S. and McBrinn, Maxine E.; Archaeology of the Southwest, 3rd Edition, 2012; ISBN: 978-1598746754. Central America: Coe, Michael; Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs, 7th Edition, 2013; ISBN: 978-0500290767. South America: Moseley, Michael E.; The Incas and Their Ancestors: The Archaeology of Peru, Revised Edition, 2001; ISBN: 978-0500282779.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.