ANT.101, WK4, DS1 Monumental Architecture

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Monumental Architecture
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Reflect on the material you read on band, tribes, and states. Explain why monumental  architecture is unique to cities. What do such displays imply about the socio- economic  and political organization of the society that created it? Consider pieces of monumental  architecture found in the United States. Identify one of these monuments and describe  the message it sends to the world. 
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MONUMENTAL ARCHITECHTURE Tarasha Hickson-Smith ANT.101 WEEK 4 DISCUSSION 1 Monumental architecture is unique to cities because it is a representation of some part of their heritage that will legally be preserved forever. The monuments that were developed and built by man were a symbol of power and wealth. The heads of that state ordered the lower class to do the labor of building the monuments as they sat back and delegated the task and provided the resources to perform the labor. Since most states were stratified societies the laborers had to depend on the provisions given to them to survive (Nowak & Laird, 2010). Such immaculate displays imply the amount of control the leaders had over the lower class individuals to create such marvels. I am sure the amount of work those laborers put into building those monuments or the work to maintain the natural monuments was nowhere near equal to the small compensation, or the torture they had to accept in return. One of the U.S. monuments that placed somewhat of a value on the hard work of the slaves that served our country is the African Burial Ground in New York. This site contains the remains of 400 free and enslaved Africans buried during the 17 th and 18 th century and as of 1993 is now a National Historic Landmark (National Park Services, 2006). This does not give them their
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This note was uploaded on 09/18/2011 for the course ANT101 ANT101 taught by Professor Nancy during the Summer '10 term at Ashford University.

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