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ANTH 159 - Mummies

Time: TR 0900-1015
Location: WSQ 04


In this course, you will explore the science, cultural context, and contemporary fascination of mummies from ancient Egypt, China, the Andes, and several other civilizations. We will examine the archaeological and biological evidence of how and why mummification was practiced in these cultures, and look at the image and symbolism of mummies in modern mythology and popular culture. This course will draw on both scientific literature from anthropology, biology, and cultural studies, as well as from comic books, and Hollywood and documentary films. The aim of this course is to introduce students to some of the fundamental concepts and theories of the social sciences, and to develop skill in critical thinking and analysis.