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ANAR 155S Study Abroad: Art and Archaelogy of Ancient Mexico

A Study-Abroad Course Offered in Mexico by the University of California, San Diego


Study abroad in highland Mexico! This course examines the ancient cities, art, and history of several of the greatest civilizations of the ancient Americas. During the 16 days of the course, we will visit 23 archaeological sites and seven museums that highlight all aspects of Mesoamerican culture.

Highlights include visits to seldom-seen Olmec and Zapotec sites, a day at Teotihuacan (the greatest of all Mesoamerican cities), and tours of precolumbian cities such as Cantona, Xochicalco, Cacaxtla, Monte Alban, El Tajin, Mitla, Tula, and the Aztec Templo Mayor. The course ends with a full day at the National Museum of Anthropology, perhaps the greatest museum of its sort in the world. Along the way, visit beautiful colonial cities (Oaxaca, Cuernavaca, Puebla, Taxco, and Mexico City), see famous murals by Diego Rivera, enjoy fabulous Mexican food, and learn about the rich history of a close neighbor of the U.S.A.

The goal of this course is for students to gain an understanding of Mesoamerican archaeology and art history beginning with the arrival of the first inhabitants of the New World more than 11,000 years ago and until the early 16th century A.D. This is accomplished through direct experience-visiting ancient ruins and studying art with a professor who has worked in Mesoamerica for more than 20 years. Join us!

Basic Information

  • Credit: Eight unit, upper-division anthropology credit and option for four more units
  • Approximate Cost: University tuition (at either UC student, UC graduate student, or non-UC rate) for four units, Summer Session registration fees, and $2,495 in course fees. Your course fees will cover all ground transportation in Mexico in a private van, entrance to sites and museums, hotels, breakfasts and lunches, and an introductory and farewell dinner. Course fees do not cover airfare.
  • Dates: June 19th- July 5th 2014
  • Eligibility: Anyone of legal age, including UC undergraduate and graduate students, students of other colleges and universities, and non-students may apply.

More Information

Please contact

Dr. Geoffrey E. Braswell
Dept. of Anthropology, UCSD
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0532
La Jolla, CA 92093-0532
858-822-1540 (office)

Departmental Study Abroad