Ancient Civilizations of North America

12 CDs. Recorded Bks. Nov. 2018. 12 hrs. ISBN 9781980015833. $120.75. digital download. ARCHAEOL
This book, part of the "Great Courses" series, offers a comprehensive introductory overview of civilizations that existed in North America before European contact. It covers the development of civilizations in North America from the earliest arrival of humans on the continent to contact with European explorers. Barnhart (director, Maya Exploration Ctr., Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico) offers 24 lectures, each approximately 30 minutes long. The first lecture covers the background for the course, the terminology used for indigenous populations, and archaeological terms and dating methods. Each subsequent lecture summarizes a significant era in the development of North American indigenous cultures, including descriptions of important archaeological sites that typify those cultures. Lectures often include reminders of what civilizations in other parts of the world accomplished at or about the same time.
VERDICT This book will appeal to listeners with or without an archaeological background who want to know more about ancient civilizations in North America. Recommended.

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