Department of Anthropology

David Stuart


Affiliated FacultyPh.D., Vanderbilt University

Professor, Department of Art and Art History
David Stuart

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Archaeology, art, linguistics and epigraphy; Mesoamerica, Mexico and Central America

Courses


ARH 390 • Palenque/Art Of Anc Maya

20315 • Spring 2017
Meets TH 12:30PM-3:30PM ART 3.432
(also listed as LAS 381)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in art history and consent of the graduate adviser.

ARH 347M • Maya Art And Architecture

20264 • Fall 2016
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM DFA 2.204
(also listed as LAS 327)

Ancient Maya civilization emerged some 3000 years ago within a larger cultural region called “Mesoamerica,” or what is today southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador.  Over the course of more than two thousand years, the Maya developed one of the great civilizations of the ancient world, well-known for its impressive ruins, temple pyramids and palaces, stone sculptures, and elaborate hieroglyphic writing system.  The city-states of Palenque, Tikal, Calakmul, and Copan (among a great many others), were political and cultural centers where artistic space dominated the scenery, often conveying important messages about kings, noble status, and their connection to gods and the greater cosmos.  Great changes came with the “collapse” of the Classic period around 800-900 AD, when a great many old cities were abandoned and new ones rose, seemingly based on very different ideologies and visual cultures. The arrival of the Spanish in the sixteenth century then brought near-destruction to the indigenous world, but the Maya and other Mesoamerican peoples emerged resilient in the wake of conquest; today six-million strong, the modern Maya continue to express their cultural identity in the art and politics of modern Mexico and Guatemala.

ARH 390 • Mesoamerican Iconography

20330 • Spring 2016
Meets TH 9:30AM-12:30PM ART 3.432
(also listed as LAS 381)

This course offers an in-depth examination of an important topic in the representational art of symbolism of ancient Mesoamerica. No previous exposure or study to Mesoamerican art is required. Our focus this year is the “iconography of periodicity” – that is, the ubiquitous art and symbolism connected with calendar stations and associated ceremonies among the Aztec and Maya. Students will analyze the complex and highly varied imagery associated with these so-called period endings, using case studies that elucidate concepts in Mesoamerican religious belief and ritual practice, including world-renewal, ideologies of kingship, and varieties of royal performance

ARH 347N • Aztec Art And Civilization

20185 • Fall 2015
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM DFA 2.204
(also listed as LAS 327)

An introduction to the art, symbolism, and visual culture of the ancient Aztecs. Subjects include the representations of history and mythology in architecture, stone monuments, and pictorial manuscripts.

LAS 327 • Aztec Art And Civilization

40233 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM WAG 214

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ANT 324L • Anc Mayan Writing & Hist-Gua

30983 • Fall 2011
(also listed as LAS 327)

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ANT 324L • Mesoamerican Art-Gua

31007 • Fall 2011

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ANT 384M • Calendar/Ritual In Anc Mesoam

31455 • Spring 2011
Meets M 3:00PM-6:00PM ART 3.432
(also listed as ARH 390, LAS 381)

Prehistoric cultural developments of a major geographical area; comparative cultural developments in ecologically similar areas.

LAS 327 • Aztec Art And Civilization

41010 • Fall 2008
Meets TTH 8:00AM-9:30AM DFA 2.204

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LAS 327 • Maya Art And Architecture

41570 • Fall 2007
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM DFA 2.204

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LIN 391 • Intro Maya Hieroglyph Writing

42345 • Fall 2007
Meets W 12:00PM-3:00PM DFA 4.104

We will survey the syntax of English, and some issues in the semanticinterpretation of English, with the two goals of (i) understanding thestructure of English syntax and (ii) acquiring the basic tools of syntacticanalysis, which can be applied to any language.

Required text:  C. L. Baker, English Syntax.

LAS 327 • Aztec Art And Civilization

41230 • Fall 2006
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM DFA 2.204

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LIN 391 • Writing Sys In Anc Mesoamerica

42030 • Fall 2006
Meets T 9:00AM-12:00PM DFA 4.104

We will survey the syntax of English, and some issues in the semanticinterpretation of English, with the two goals of (i) understanding thestructure of English syntax and (ii) acquiring the basic tools of syntacticanalysis, which can be applied to any language.

Required text:  C. L. Baker, English Syntax.

LAS 327 • Aztec Art And Civilization

39290 • Fall 2005
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM DFA 2.204

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LIN 391 • Intro Maya Hieroglyph Writing

40120 • Fall 2005
Meets W 12:00PM-3:00PM ART 3.432

We will survey the syntax of English, and some issues in the semanticinterpretation of English, with the two goals of (i) understanding thestructure of English syntax and (ii) acquiring the basic tools of syntacticanalysis, which can be applied to any language.

Required text:  C. L. Baker, English Syntax.

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