2S10 Ancient Civilisations of North America

Tutor/Facilitator Jim Pribble

Date: on/from Tue 5 May 2020 to Tue 30 Jun 2020
Frequency: Weekly
Class time: 11:30-1:15

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The course begins with the migration of humans across the Bering Strait and their dispersal across North America. The body of the course investigates ancient civilizations such as the mound builder and the Mississippian cultures, tribes of the great plains, the Anasazi cultures of the southwest (Mogolion, Hoohokam, Pueblo), the Chaco Cañon phenomenon, the cultures of the far NE US and the cultures of the Pacific coast.
The course consists of lectures via videotapes produced by The Teaching Company (The Great Courses). Each video is about 30 minutes in length – two videos will be shown each session with a break in between for discussion and a quick cuppa. In a few instances, 3 videos will be screened in a single session.

TUTOR: Jim has an MSc in environmental sciences from Oregon State University in the USA. He was employed by the Department of Conservation (State Government) from 1979 to 1999, then moved to private enterprise. Jim is blessed/cursed by an insatiable curiosity, so exploring ancient civilizations helps satisfy his “need to know”. Previous courses facilitated by Jim include the evolution of the English language, a history of ancient Egypt and, more recently, a 3-term course on the history of the Olmec, Maya and Aztec cultures in Mesoamerica.