114P_2.28.2012 - Anth 114P 2.28.2012 Lecture The Transition...

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2.28.2012 Lecture: The Transition from Classic to Post-classic The fates of the Classic period cities o Teotihuacan Xolalpan Phase, 450-550 AD Architecture shifted with monumental buildings Efforts shifted towards apartment compounds. Private living vs. public communal living. Maximum influence of Teotihuacan in other areas The height of the classic city Much of the character was being built. Metepec phase, 550-650 AD There are signs of strain in the system Teotihuacan is the first to go into decline Renewed buildings and construction. Defending themselves Destruction of temples, bodies left on floors Dramatic end involving destruction and violence o Monte Alban Not as violent Gradual decline with no sign of violent construction Jalieza , 16,000 people Valley of Oaxaca 4x the size of Monte Alban No center of public life, no central plaza with surrounding public buildings No longer putting up impressive architecture or building large pyramids. Economy could become complex, as architecture becomes simpler Decline of the old cities with large architecture, leads to smaller units, state organized but smaller scale with less impressive public architecture and more of an emphasis on unique residences o Tikal Peak of public construction: – (AD 692-751)
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This note was uploaded on 03/28/2012 for the course ANTHRO 114P taught by Professor Lesure during the Winter '12 term at UCLA.

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114P_2.28.2012 - Anth 114P 2.28.2012 Lecture The Transition...

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