ANTH162 SP10 - Anthropology 162 23974 Inka Aztec Maya...

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Anthropology 162 23974 Inka, Aztec, Maya Tuesday/Thursday 12:00-1:15 WSQ004 Final Exam May 19 9:45-12:00 Dr. Marco Meniketti Office Hours: T/TH 3:00-5:30 or by appointment. Department of Anthropology 404N Clark Hall [email protected] 924-5787 Introduction: This upper division course combines the analytical approaches of anthropology, archaeology, and geography to explore critical issues of cultural ecology, environmental change, resource exploitation and socio/political power among ancient civilizations of Mexico, Central America and the Andes. While tracing the interaction of these cultures with their environments, we will also examine the evolution of these complex societies, development and technological achievements and their adaptive strategies for survival. The objective of this course is to give students a broad understanding of social and cultural processes affecting New World civilizations before the arrival of Europeans and a detailed understanding of the social structure these great civilizations. Contributions and influences to these cultures from their predecessors; Olmec Zapotec, Toltec Tarascan, Moche, among many others, will also be investigated. Highly recommended that students come to class prepared to discuss the weekly topics by completing assigned readings in advance of lecture. Individual lectures complement the readings and will include extensive use of slides in support of discussion. Required Texts : Leon-Portilla, Miguel 1992 The Broken Spears. Beacon Press, Boston. Evans, Susan Toby 2008 Mosely, Michael 2001 Incas and Their Ancestors: The Archaeology of Peru. Thames and Hudson, London. Selected articles on related topics (provided as handouts or downloadable pdf documents from my faculty webpage). These will be relevant to case studies. Case studies may also be downloadable. Structure of the course The course is structured chronologically and regionally, focusing first the Maya, then the Aztec, and finally the Inka. In each case specific themes will form the framework for discussion, such as, art, architecture, commerce, social structure and daily life. Cosmology will also closely examined. The great “2012 Armageddon” fiction and other such films be deconstructed in terms of the ongoing Euro-cultural hegemony over native peoples. The pace is quick and students are strongly encouraged to keep up with readings.
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Objectives Broad understanding of research in human cultural evolution, critical issues in environmental change, and the evidence from archaeological research. In depth understanding of the major New World civilizations before European contact. Broad understanding of the role of archaeological sciences in reconstructing past civilizations.
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