This class will introduce students to the science of climate change through explorations of the archaeological remains of the great civilizations of the Americas. The rich archaeological record left behind by the Olmec, the Maya, the Aztec, and the Inca have, over the last few decades, given scholars great insights into how they used their environments and how in doing so, they influenced the ecology of the Americas. The Maya in particular produced huge cities whose need for water and resources outpaced in many instances the ability of the environment to provide them. Students will explore the archaeological remains of these cultures from the early Americas through 3D models of objects, inscriptions, and works of art and through readings aimed at building an understanding of the science of both past and present climate change.
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Thursday, Oct. 7 to Nov. 11
Cost: $200 (four sessions)
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