Fall 1996. T Th 2 - 3:15, Hale 260. Payson Sheets, office Hale 160, office hours T Th 3:30 - 5 pm. Prerequisite: Anth 1030 or 2200. Week Dates Topics Readings 1 27, 29 Aug Intro, Geogr, Geology Preface, Ch. 1 2 3, 5 Sep Ecology, PaleoIndian Pd Ch 2 thru p 33 3 10,12 Sep Archaic, Early Formative p 33 - 45 4 17, 19 Sep Mid-Late Formative (Olmec) Ch. 3 5 24, 26 Sep PreClassic Maya Ch. 4 Thursday 26 Sep: First Midterm Exam 6 1, 3 Oct Maya agric, settlements Ch. 5 thru p 169 7 8, 10 Oct Politics, writing p 170-183 8 15, 17 Oct Ideology, mythology p 183-200 (“Popol Vuh” video thurs) 9 22, 24 Oct Cl Maya Warfare, Collapse p 263-271 10 29, 31 Oct Teotihuacan Valley & City p 201-215 Thursday 31 Oct: Second Midterm Exam 11 5, 7 Nov Teotihuacan expansion, empire p 215-231 12 12, 14 Nov The "Epiclassic" in Mexico p 231-235, 254-275 13 19, 21 Nov Oaxaca: Monte Alban, Mitla p 235-253, 329-337 14 26 Nov The "Toltecs:" Tula, Chichen p 271-299 15 3, 5 Dec Aztecs: Tenochtitlan & empire Ch. 9 16 10 Dec Summary & Overview ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Final Exam: Friday 13 Dec 7:30-10:30pm same room ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Examinations: Midterms: Thursday 26 Sept and Thursday 31 Oct, each 100 points. Final Exam: 200 points Friday 13 Dec, same room, 7:30 pm. No makeup examinations. It is your responsibility to attend and take the exams at the scheduled time. Termpapers: Termpapers are due no later than noon Thursday 5 December. Ten percent of the total will be deducted per day late. The termpapers will be returned to you on the day of the final examination. I will be glad to help you on selection of topic, reference materials, and the like. Please note the attached list of primary reference materials in Norlin that you may find useful. Undergraduate (4220): Students will prepare an original paper consisting of 4 to 7 pages of typed double spaced text, normal fonts (this length is text only, and does not include your list of References Cited and your illustrations as Figures). The topic is of your own choosing, so long as it focuses on an aspect of Mexican or Central American archaeology, from a social science perspective. The text can be largely descriptive, but it must have at least a page of your own ideas, reactions, opinions, comparisons, or suggestions. The anthropological style of parenthetical referencing is mandatory. If you are unfamilar with this, see the attached style sheet. Value: 100 points. Graduate students (5220) will prepare a 10 to 15 page typed double spaced graduate level termpaper. It must be primarily theoretical in nature. It could be explanatory (e.g. the function of feline symbolism in Olmec art, or the reasons shamans travel long distances for symbols of power), processual (e.g. the factors underlying the rise of the Teotihuacan empire), or hypothesis testing (e.g. evaluating two competing explanations for the collapse of the Classic Maya). Parenthetical referencing is to be used, of course. Value: 200 points. Text: Adams, Richard E. W. PREHISTORIC MESOAMERICA (revised ed.) 1991 Univ of Oklahoma Press, Norman.
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