The way that we create value and buy items is constantly changing. From designer labels to cryptocurrency and credit cards, things acquire a certain value and goods are exchanged for specific items. The archaeological past offers a rich array of ways that value is created, and it shows how trade and exchange occurred between ancient cities and states. Ancient Economies: Comparing the Aztec and the Inca (ANTHARC 296, Section 101) will begin by looking at modern concepts of value, social signaling, and exchange. It will then create a framework for understanding archaeological investigations of prehistoric economies. The bulk of the course will focus on the economies of two ancient empires: the Aztec and the Inca. This course fulfills the social science distribution and counts toward the anthropology major and minor. Contact the instructor, Jordan Dalton, for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.