The Maya

Anth 1140 The Maya

Fall 1996, Hellems 252, 9:30-10:20am T,Th.  Professor: Payson Sheets,
office Hale 160, office hours 3:30 - 5 T, Th.   Teaching Assistant:
Michelle Woodward.

The objective of the course is to explore the Maya of southern Mexico and
Central America, in the past and present.  We will emphasize their
origins, their adaptations to varied environments, their political and
social organizations, and their religious and value systems.  We will
study their artistic and intellectual accomplishments.  An understanding
of the Maya world view is a key element to the course.  

Week  Dates    Topics                     Readings
1  27, 29 Aug     Introduction to the Maya   C Foreword, ch 1

2  3, 5 Sep    Hist of Maya Research        C ch 2
				Thurs: "Fall of the Maya" video (25 min)			       
3  10, 12 Sep    Early Maya Origins.	    C ch 3
								 
4  17, 19 Sep    The Classic Pd.  Sites, Archit.  C ch 4
								  
5  24, 26 Sep    The Maya Elite       		 C ch 5

6  1, 3 Oct     Their History, Politics         C ch 6  
               Thurs 3 Oct: EXAM I.  

7  8, 10 Oct    Classic Maya Collapse.         C ch 7
				
8  15, 17 Oct   Postclassic pd, & Spanish Conquest C ch 8

9  22, 24 Oct   Ceren: Introduction, research   S preface, ch 1-3
				Thurs: "The Hearth" video (60 min)

10  29, 31  Ceren: Household & Special str's    S ch 4-6

11  5, 7 Nov	Ceren: Synthesis & Overview	   S ch 7 - end.
               Thurs 7 Nov: EXAM II  
12  12, 14 Nov    The Popol Vuh
				Thurs: "Popol Vuh" film (60 min)

13  19, 21 Nov   The Contemporary Maya		G ch 1-5 
                  
14   26 Nov	  The Contemporary Maya		G ch 6-9

15  3, 5 Dec  	  The Contemporary Maya		G ch 10-13

16  10 Dec      Overview and Review.             none
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Examinations:  Midterm Exam I is Thurs 3 Oct.  20% of grade. 
  Midterm Exam II is Thurs 7 Nov.  20% of grade.
FINAL EXAM is Tuesday 17 December, 11:30-2:30 pm, same room (35% of
grade).  
No makeup examinations; you are responsible for being present. 
RECITATION SECTIONS: 25% OF GRADE.  
Texts:  Culbert Maya Civilization Smithsonian 1993;  Sheets The Ceren
Site, Harcourt Brace, 1992; and Gonzalez A MAYAN LIFE.


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