Ancient Civilizations of North America

Course No. 3900
Professor Edwin Barnhart, Ph.D.
Maya Exploration Center
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  • numbers Study astounding ancient scientific accomplishments.
  • numbers Examine the Iroquoian principles behind the U.S. Constitution.
  • numbers Explore ancient cities that rival those of modern times.

Course Overview

Arriving in the 15th century and beyond, European explorers came to North America hoping to discover another civilization like those of the Maya or Inca to plunder. Not finding mountains of gold or silver, they saw no value in what they did find: myriad sophisticated cultures with hundreds of vibrant cities, roadways, canals, extensive trade networks, art, religious traditions, and thousands of earthen pyramids.

The people who shaped these civilizations—the engineers, political leaders, mathematicians, and astronomers—were also considered to be of no value, labeled by the Europeans as primitive and backwards, often enslaved or murdered. And because the native peoples left no written language, the narrative continued to be shaped by the conquerors, passed down as truth from generation to generation.

But now—with the technological advances of modern archaeology and a new perspective on world history—we are finally able to piece together their compelling true stories. In 24 exciting lectures supported by explanatory maps, beautiful photographs and illustrations, and 3-D models that bring it all to life, Ancient Civilizations of North America will take you on an eye-opening journey through thousands of years of unique and fascinating ancient cultures. Professor Edwin Barnhart, director of the Maya Exploration Center, will show you a world you never knew existed.

Astronomers, Engineers, and Hydrologists

The peoples of ancient North America were exceptionally knowledgeable about their environment; their lives required it. Professor Barnhart shows you how they used their detailed understanding of flora and fauna, landforms, geology, and water resources when developing strategies for hunting and gathering, locating villages, and farming. But their intellectual and artistic curiosity went much beyond the immediate need for food and safety. Beginning thousands of years ago, and without the benefit of written language, native peoples became skilled mathematicians, metallurgists, jewelers, construction engineers, astronomers, and more. In this course, you will explore:

  • The Sun Dagger of Chaco Canyon and other Chacoan features marking the solstices and equinoxes;
  • The ancient peoples’ use of the cycles of the heavens to align buildings in relation to the cardinal directions and in relation to each other across vast distances;
  • Their use of horizon-based astronomy to align structures to the lunar maximum and minimum standstill points in 18.6-year cycles;
  • The Hohokam hydrologists and engineers who provided water for large desert populations via the sophisticated manipulation of flow rates in some 700 miles of canals, pieces of which still exist today;
  • The ancient engineers and urban planners who designed master-planned communities, building them out in a single, intricate, and coordinated construction effort;
  • Numerous ancient earthworks and geoglyphs that reflect sophisticated engineering and cooperative construction—the Serpent Mound and Blythe Intaglios, among others.

Ancient Cities to Rival Those of Modern Times

About 3,500 years ago, a great and vibrant city existed in present-day northeast Louisiana. Built by a Late Archaic people, Poverty Point is considered by most archaeologists to be the first city in North America. Supporting a population of more than 4,000—40 times the size of an average village at the time—it existed for more than 1,000 years. With Professor Barnhart as your guide, you will understand how Poverty Point has been revealed as a master-planned community, with a 37-acre central plaza; earthen pyramids; and six semi-circular, concentric platform mounds holding hundreds of houses. Carbon-14 dating reveals that the entire set of concentric platform mounds were built in one single phase, requiring extensive leadership, planning, surveying skills, and cooperation from an enormous pool of laborers. Even with its compact organization, every single house had a view of the central plaza—a feat many modern planners would be challenged to accomplish.

In this course, you’ll learn about Poverty Point’s:

  • Vast trade network bringing raw materials from as far away as the Great Lakes (nearly 1,000 miles);
  • Mound A, one of the oldest pyramids on the planet, built over a period of only 90 days with more than 15 million hand-held basketloads of dirt, and still in existence today;
  • Mound E, 13 feet tall and larger than a football field; and
  • Recently discovered “woodhenges,” which could be linked to archaeoastronomy.

Cahokia, built about 1,000 years ago just east of present-day St. Louis, was the largest city in ancient North America north of Mesoamerica. With 3,000 acres and 50,000 people living in its interior and satellite communities, Cahokia dwarfed the contemporaneous populations of London, Paris, and Rome. At one point in its history, the ancient city was razed and replaced with a master-planned version more than three times its previous size. Although many of Cahokia’s features, such as large mounds, ritual spaces, and communal farming, had been seen elsewhere, its scale and level of social organization were unprecedented. In this course, you’ll learn about Cahokia’s:

  • Grand Plaza, covering an area greater than 35 football fields and containing council houses, elite homes, a charnel house, and more;
  • Monks Mound, the third-largest structure ever built in the ancient New World, and the largest north of Mesoamerica, with 25 million cubic feet of earth covering nearly 15 acres, and reaching 100 feet high;
  • Chunkey Court, the ritual and social heart of the city where the game of chunkey was played, a sport symbolizing warfare and the creation story; and
  • Mass graves indicating ritualized human sacrifice.
  • The Legacy of the Iroquois: North American Democracy

    At the time of European contact, the Iroquois were a semi-sedentary farming people near Lakes Erie and Ontario whose villages were often in fierce conflict with each other. When three visionary leaders recognized that such continual warfare was holding the nation back, they proposed a tribal confederation known as The Great League of Peace. The League’s Great Council consisted of 50 chiefs, or sachem, each of whom was elected to represent a specific clan by the clan’s female elders. These women voted their representatives in—and could also vote them out. The Great Council settled all disputes and conflicts through dialog, debate, and consensus, guided by the 117 articles of confederation known as the “Great Law of Peace.”

    Sound familiar? It should.

    Not only did the Iroquois establish the first North American democracy, but the framers of the U.S. Constitution held the system in the highest regard. Two hundred years after establishing its own Constitution, the United States formally acknowledged this Iroquois legacy in Congressional Resolution 331, stating the “confederation of the original Thirteen Colonies into one republic was influenced by the political system developed by the Iroquois Confederacy as were many of the democratic principles which were incorporated into the Constitution itself.”

    By journeying through Ancient Civilizations of North America with Professor Barnhart, you’ll recognize the legacy of the Iroquois and many more native nations that have influenced our lives today.

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24 lectures
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  • 1
    The Unknown Story of Ancient North America
    Pyramids. State-of-the-art highways. Productive scientists, artists, and engineers. These, and much more, were ancient North America. But having left no written record, and considered of no value by European conquerors many centuries later, these societies seemed destined to remain a mystery. Now, we are finally able to reveal their fascinating truths. x
  • 2
    The First Human Migrations to the Americas
    DNA evidence points to Asia, and only Asia, as the origin of all human migration to North America. While there were many migration episodes, each episode involved passage across the Bering Strait. Sites of ancient habitation have been found all across the continent, under water and on dry land. See why, even with current technologies, scientists cannot yet agree on the ages of these sites. x
  • 3
    Clovis Man: America's First Culture
    Explore Clovis, the very first American culture, which is identified by the Clovis point, a specialized megafauna-hunting tool that became the most widespread technology in the paleo-world. The Clovis populated the Americas from coast to coast, from Alaska to South America. Although the culture became extinct around 12,000 years ago, you will see how some of the Clovis people evolved into the last Paleo-Indians, the Folsom. x
  • 4
    The Archaic Period: Diversity Begins
    When the megafauna died out across the continent about 10,000 years ago, Paleo-Indian culture began to diversify regionally. Better understand why some groups developed hunting and gathering culture in a seasonal round pattern, while others fished from temporary camps. Also, see what DNA research reveals about one ancient sedentary people with resources plentiful enough to support 350 generations of habitation. x
  • 5
    Late Archaic Innovations
    In this lecture you will see how, about 5,000 years ago, the creative, yet disparate, peoples of North America developed corn agriculture, permanent houses with storage and cooking pits, religion, art, pottery, ceramics, metallurgy, and basket weaving. Further explore the only innovation common to these many different cultures: an increase in cemetery sites and formalized treatment of bodies in burials. x
  • 6
    Poverty Point: North America's First City
    About 3,500 years ago, while most North Americans were still nomadic, see how one group of ancient people developed a planned community on more than 900 acres to accommodate 4,000 to 5,000 inhabitants. Designed with exceptional engineering skills, the fascinating city of Poverty Point functioned for 1,000 years and included one of the oldest pyramids ever built on Earth. x
  • 7
    Medicine Wheels of the Great Plains
    Medicine wheels—wagon-wheel type arrangements of stones on the ground—vary in their number of spokes and size; are difficult to date; and although some are precisely aligned to the solstices, the majority have no known astronomical significance. Survey what we do know about their function and meaning, which almost certainly changed over time, just like the human populations who built them. x
  • 8
    Adena Culture and the Early Woodlands Period
    In modern-day Ohio, the continent's first coherent civilizations evolved about 3,000 years ago, bringing together previously far-flung Archaic practices. Meet the Adena, the first ancient American culture with wide-ranging influence. Known for their conical burial mounds and shared concept of an afterlife, they also might have been the continent's first habitual tobacco smokers. x
  • 9
    The Hopewell and Their Massive Earthworks
    Here Professor Barnhart introduces you to the Hopewell culture, a civilization that thrived for over 700 years. You will see how they influenced all the peoples of eastern North America with trade networks, an art tradition, and the practice of burying their most important dead in earthen mounds. Their knowledge of mathematics and astronomy allowed them to build massive earthwork complexes in sophisticated geometric patterns in present-day Ohio. x
  • 10
    The Origins of Mississippian Culture
    About 1,200 years ago in eastern North America, populations gathered their farms and living structures behind defensive walls. Explore Mississippian culture and see how it introduced an increased use of the bow and arrow along with a large body of art, extensive trade networks, and mythological creation stories remembered today in bits and pieces by a multitude of surviving indigenous nations. x
  • 11
    The Mississippian City of Cahokia
    Covering more than 3,000 acres and with an associated population of about 50,000, understand why Cahokia, the largest ancient city in what is now the US and Canada, became a model for the region. Its fascinating and complex life included stratified social organization, burial mounds, deeply held religious beliefs, sophisticated artwork, woodhenges to mark the solstices and equinoxes—and ritual human sacrifice. x
  • 12
    The Wider Mississippian World
    After the fall of Cahokia, witness how Mississippian civilization flourished across eastern North America with tens of thousands of pyramid-building communities and a population in the millions. Look at the ways they were connected through their commonly held belief in a three-tiered world, as reflected in their artwork. Major sites like Spiro, Moundville, and Etowah all faded out just around 100 years before European contact, obscuring our understanding. x
  • 13
    De Soto Versus the Mississippians
    In 1539, Hernando de Soto of Spain landed seven ships with 600 men and hundreds of animals in present-day Florida. Follow his fruitless search for another Inca or Aztec Empire, as he instead encounters hundreds of Mississippian cities through which he led a three-year reign of terror across the land-looting, raping, disfiguring, murdering, and enslaving native peoples by the thousands. x
  • 14
    The Ancient Southwest: Discovering Diversity
    Uncover what archaeology has revealed about the ancient peoples of the southwestern deserts. Survey the variety of strategies they used depending on their specific locale—from farming in flood plains to building elaborate irrigation canals—and how they developed into multiple distinct, but not isolated, cultures. See why today we recognize three core, and two peripheral, ancient cultures of the area. x
  • 15
    The Basketmaker Culture
    Once natural selection produced a strain of drought-resistant corn, the peoples of the desert gave up their nomadic existence and began to build more permanent structures. Examine the first sedentary cultures of the American Southwest—the possible precursors to the Pueblo—and understand why baskets, which had been invented many thousands of years earlier, significantly increased in importance as the only portable storage solution before the advent of pottery. x
  • 16
    The Mogollon Culture
    As the Mogollon people increased reliance on agriculture, the size and density of their villages also grew, the largest having more than 100 pit houses arranged around multiple kivas. But as you will discover, they're probably best known for their exquisite pottery bowls. Take a look at how, while neighboring cultures were still experimenting with geometric designs, the Mogollon painted sophisticated scenes of animals, humans, and supernatural creatures. x
  • 17
    The Hohokam: Masters of the Desert
    Learn about the Hohokam, a people who made beautiful art, employed cooperative decision making with strong centralized leadership, and developed extensive public architecture. But see why their real claim to fame was building more than 700 miles of sophisticated irrigation canals—the largest and most highly-engineered irrigation system constructed in the Pre-Columbian New World—segments of which are still visible today. x
  • 18
    The Ancestral Pueblo
    The dominant culture of the southwest was the Ancestral Pueblo. For the past 1,300 years, their settlements have exhibited an apartment-like room block pattern, from small farmsteads to cities with thousands of people. Examine how both the architecture and the short lifespans of earlier villages reflected the reality of the area's scarce resource base, promoting cultural traditions born of environmental adaptation. x
  • 19
    The Chaco Phenomenon
    Chaco Canyon contains the most sophisticated architecture ever built in ancient North America—14 Great Houses, four Great Kivas, hundreds of smaller settlements, an extensive road system, and a massive trade network. But who led these great building projects? And why do we find so little evidence of human habitation in what seems to be a major center of culture? Answer these questions and more. x
  • 20
    Archaeoastronomy in the Ancient Southwest
    The people of the ancient Southwest were skilled astronomers, incorporating astronomical alignments in their architecture with impressive displays of light and shadow. Learn how discoveries of the Sun Dagger and the Chimney Rock lunar observatory—as well as the alignment of Great Houses miles apart along lunar maximum lines—could help reveal the true purpose of Chaco Canyon. x
  • 21
    The Periphery of the Ancient Southwest
    As you delve further into the ancient Southwest, you will see why the ancient farming cultures of the region did not spread into surrounding areas where farming was either unnecessary or impossible. Instead, nearby groups lived a more nomadic life, relying on hunting and gathering, and minimal occasional farming. Over time, each group developed its unique artwork, perhaps none as fascinating as the desert Intaglios of the Patayan. x
  • 22
    Late Period Cultures of the Pacific Coast
    From southern California to Alaska, witness a vast array of complex hunter-gatherer cultures that thrived along the Pacific Coast for centuries before European contact. In this most densely populated area of the continent—and its most culturally and linguistically diverse—peoples developed highly stratified societies, sophisticated systems of resource distribution and trade, advanced methods of food storage, and unique artwork. x
  • 23
    Late Period Cultures of the Great Plains
    The peoples of the Great Plains were broadly divided into the bison hunters in the west and the semi-sedentary farmers in the east. But with the European introduction of the horse, gun, and new diseases, you will shift your attention to how each of five main culture areas began to transform and how these changes shaped the homogenized, oversimplified view of American Indian cultures. x
  • 24
    The Iroquois and Algonquians before Contact
    At the time of European contact, two main groups existed in the northeast—the hunter-gatherer Algonquian and the agrarian Iroquois. Delve into how the Iroquois created the first North American democracy as a solution to their increasing internal conflicts. Today, we know much of the U.S. Constitution is modeled on the Iroquois’ “Great League of Peace” and its 117 articles of confederation, as formally acknowledged by the U.S. in 1988. x

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Edwin Barnhart, Ph.D.
Maya Exploration Center
Dr. Edwin Barnhart is director of the Maya Exploration Center. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and has over 20 years of experience in North, Central, and South America as an archaeologist, explorer, and instructor. In 1994, Professor Barnhart discovered the ancient city of Maax Na (Spider-Monkey House), a major center of the Classic Maya period in northwestern Belize. In 1998 he was invited by the...
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Ancient Civilizations of North America is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 198.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting, fascinating and informative I learned so much of things that I thought I Knew --- but did not!
Date published: 2020-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Neglected but important subject Makes me look with different eyes on what we all take for granted. More social topics and less artifact science might have been better but that might have turned it into folklore. Very well done.
Date published: 2020-08-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great syllabus, Dull presentation I thought that the titles of the individual presentations was broad and interesting. The actual presentation was drab. Hard to follow.
Date published: 2020-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ancient Civilizations of North America Lectures are filled with fascinating information, expertly delivered.
Date published: 2020-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Much New Knowledge My interest in American pre-history began in the 1970's while working at a dig in northeastern Ohio under Charles Sofsky, an avocational anthropologist, who, as it turns out, correctly challenged the prevailing theory of human arrival in North American. This DVD program is excellent, bringing home the amazing amount of knowledge and understanding gained over the last 40 years. Professor Barnhart is easy to understand, pleasant to listen to, and delivers in a concise yet comprehensive manner.
Date published: 2020-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Informative I have a background as an amateur archaeologist. Much of what I thought I knew was confirmed, and I was made aware that I didn't know as much as I thought I did. I truly enjoyed the course, and will probably view it again and again.
Date published: 2020-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ancient Civilizations of North America I have taken all three of Professor Barnhart's courses (Lost Worlds of South America and Maya to Aztec: Ancient Mesoamerica Revealed) and all are great but this is my favorite probably because it is closer to home but also because the course brought out a lot of information about NA civilizations that I had not heard before. Who ever heard of Poverty Point? From the course it is apparent that the pre-history of North America is much more varied and ancient than is portrayed in the education of most Americans. I am not a novice to American pre-history; I went to college in New Mexico (many moons ago) and made many trips to places such as Chaco Canyon and the Four Corners area but this course put all of that into a broader perspective and revived my interest in the subject. I recommend all three courses but suggest starting with this one.
Date published: 2020-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strong interest in the people we call "Native Americans" and this well presented course stoked the interest even more.
Date published: 2020-08-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from We still haven’t got any courses! We bought ten courses a couple of weeks ago and have not received a single thing.
Date published: 2020-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good learning experience I have listen to the entire course, and enjoyed immensely. I just wish Dr. Barnhart would learn to pronounce words in some areas like the southwest properly, example Mogollon and Gila... Pronounced, muggy-own and Hila. Other than that it is very good.
Date published: 2020-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from North America is also rich in ancient history! I have watched only the first 8 lectures. But am most impressed with the both the course and instructional skills of the teacher. Can’t wait to see what lies ahead.
Date published: 2020-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great discussions and information; useful photos I'm still listening (switching from my iPhone/remote speaker when I shower and our large-screen TV when I can catch). Switching is simple. Great discussions and lots of useful information. Love it so far!
Date published: 2020-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Southwest history This is very interesting. I’ve seen some of these places. Fascinating.
Date published: 2020-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rich in Visuals Even though this is an archeology course rather than an ethnographic one, it is closer to what I was looking for when I bought Daniel Cobb's "Native Peoples of North America" course, which really focused more on the fate of the peoples who inhabited the United States (including Hawaii) when Europeans moved in. While that is a worthy study, what I had been looking for was a clearer picture of what peoples inhabited what parts of the continent, how they differed in culture, language, dress, religion, etc. Now, after watching "Ancient Civilizations of North America," I feel I have a much better understanding. The problem with trying to understand these ancient cultures is that the written record we enjoy in studying the Europe or Asia of five hundred or a thousand years ago simply does not exist. Some reviewers have complained about "speculation." Well, that's what you're left with when civilizations are displaced or wiped out with no effort made to preserve their memory. But the "speculation" -- I prefer to think of it as scholarship -- presented in thie course is fascinating. Reconstructing many of these civilizations is often like a detective story, piecing together clues and finding new leads. Prof. Barnhart's regional approach was very helpful to me. By focusing on one area at a time, he could bring out a rich picture of a very diverse continent, more culturally and linguistically varied than Europe. The peoples of the southeast who built cities as large as New York at the time of the Revolution; the peoples of the northeast whose political alliance impressed Benjamin Franklin and George Washington and helped shape what would become the United States; the southwestern peoples who appear to have had a trading network stretching as far as Chile; the mysterious cliff-dwellers; the astronomer peoples whose monuments exceed the sophistication of Stonehenge; all this and more. And yet, so much we still don't know, so much that may be discovered. I have a feeling that if you showed this to 100 archeology students looking for dissertation material, it would inspire 100 entirely different dissertations. There's that much work left to be done, if Prof. Barnhart is to be believed. Where there is controversy, Prof. Barnhart lets us know where his inclinations lie, but gives respectful treatment to opposing points of view. Some reviewers have accused him of "political correctness"; I don't see it at all. I think you'd have to be hypersensitive in the extreme to find anything in this course offensive. Prof. Barnhart is not a showman. His lecture style is straightforward and matter-of-fact. I can see how some people would accuse him of lecturing in monotone. But I did not find his style distracting at all. Perhaps because the content was so rich. I recommend the video version of this course. It is very rich in visuals, and much of what Prof. Barnhart describes would be impossible to envision without them.
Date published: 2020-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating presentations! We have watched Prof Barnhart during the COVID stay-at-home time, and we enjoyed every session. The information was up to date. We visited Chaco about 13 years ago and much in this course was not presented. The advent of DNA science has truly expanded the archeological information I had studied.
Date published: 2020-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Edwin Barnhart is great lecturer. I haven't watched this one yet but based on his other purses that I have seen i can say I know it will be good.
Date published: 2020-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very interesting The material covered is systematic and clearly explained. The lecturer occasionally gets tripped up by the teleprompter, but he is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. This course covers a broad geographic range, so it is to be expected that the lecturer does not always pronounce everything with perfect accuracy. He occasionally offers his opinions about currently speculative material and his perspective is reasonably given. Could have probably covered Canada to a greater extent, but the Archaic lectures and the Algonquian and Iroquoian lectures cover some of that territory.
Date published: 2020-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Most Interesting Course My wife and I enjoyed this course from the first lecture all the way to the last. The lectures were very interesting. I learned so much about ancient civilizations of our continent that I had never heard before. It gave me great appreciation for the complexity and ingenuity of these fascinating peoples. We have planned a trip to visit many of the sites mentioned in the course. We look forward to learning more about these specific sites and people who created them.
Date published: 2020-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ancient Civilizations of North America These lectures make up perhaps the most interesting and informative course of study that I have ever taken. I wish that my school education had given me even an inkling of the cultures, societies, and civilizations that existed throughout North America before European contact. The results of the work of historians and archeologists that is explained and exemplified in the lectures is phenomenal. Also the information on present-day sites throughout North America and the on-going efforts to preserve these sites is critical to keeping the stories of the ancient civilizations alive and accessible to all. In light of the disregard that European migrants had generally for native populations, it is a miracle that dedicated researchers could collect the information to tell these stories of the ancient civilizations of North America.
Date published: 2020-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Covers a diverse selection of ancient cultures After reading some reviews, I just wonder if these people actually viewed this course. That said, I think Professor Barnhart presented Ancient Civilizations of North America in a pleasant and well-rounded way. He, definitely knows the subject. There were long discussions of the subject matter, along with many photos of prior archeologist's findings, plus his own. Since this time period was primarily pre-historic, there can only be speculation as to the meaning of some of the cultural evidence. I live in Ohio and know quite a bit about the Hopewell and Adena cultures. Professor Barnhart presented information that I had not heard, before. There were sites that he presented that I was not aware of. I think his presentations were not very biased, other than in some cases he has different views from other experts. I'm not sure I would call these biases, just differences of opinion. All in all, I would recommend this course to anyone who enjoys North American history.
Date published: 2020-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite Great Course. I have watched or heard over 20 of the courses and this has been my favorite. The subject matter was somewhat familiar to me, living in an area inhabited by mound builders and having traveled to the southwest often and seeing many cliff dwellings, but the professor deepened my knowledge and put it into perspective well. His speaking style is comfortable, he speaks clearly and makes his points well, and the use of photo and video is well thought out and very helpful. He points out what we know and what we don't know and why. The discussion is not political or idealizing of the Native populations, but sympathetic to their living descendants, and the course ends in the early contact period, where some of the interactions were inexcusable but not belabored. We will be getting his other courses.
Date published: 2020-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A pleasure start to finish Sigh...only three lectures to go, and I am slowing down because I don't want them to end. I may have to invest in Dr. Barnhart's course on Mesoamerica too! He is likeable, good-humored, clear in his explanations for the novice, and uses great graphics and comparisons for context. Most of all, he is an expert, full of surprising and fascinating information about this early time period on our continent: this course is content-rich. I work as a Tour Director part of the year and look forward to adding some of this essential information to my historical commentary in all parts of the U.S. More than that, I am inspired to visit some of these sites myself, starting with some of the mounds in the SE and with Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde in the SW. Many thanks!
Date published: 2020-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very educational We knew some of of the information provided but this course puts it all together in logical fashion.
Date published: 2020-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous!! I have long had an interest in the Ancient Peoples of the Southwest United States, so this course was a great choice. It was terrific! It covers how humans got to North America, and the science to support that. It covers human history here, including Clovis Man and several distinct periods beyond. A large number of archeological sites exist all over the United States, extending into Canada and Mexico, and many of them are covered in this course in a clear lecture style. Professor Barnhart has an easy delivery style as he shows how the history progresses, and explains differences and similarities between peoples and periods. I liked this course so much that I purchased another copy as a gift for a friend!
Date published: 2020-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful presentation and great visuals! We can't say enought about this Great Course! We've enjoyed every chapter and look forward to watching another course by Professor Barnhart. He is an excellent speaker. We've learned so much about these ancient civilizations. We've watched many Great Courses and would have to say Professor Barnhart's Ancient Civilizatons of North America is one of the best!
Date published: 2020-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very informative Not finished with it yet, but it answers many questions I have had in the past.
Date published: 2020-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Eye Opening Course My long interest in American Indian archeology was revived and expanded by this survey course. The professor has encyclopedic knowledge of the subject, and covers everything north of Mexico comprehensively, and he does so with lots of visual support. One of the best Great Courses I have ever taken.
Date published: 2020-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ancient Civilizations if North America Thus such a Wonderful Experience. So very glad that I invested. The presenter very knowledgeable and the material is interesting and captivating!!!
Date published: 2020-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Eye-Opening! This was an amazing course! I had never suspected the scope and sophistication of pre-Columbian North American civilizations!
Date published: 2020-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating information Extremely interesting information about a past I knew nothing about. Great detail. The lecturer needed a litt more rehearsal. He stumbled and corrected himself several times, This diminshed his authority. He also needs a better, more natural hairpiece. That one looks like a helmet.
Date published: 2020-04-03
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