ANT.101, WK4, DS1 Monumental Architecture
ANT.101, WK4, DS1 Monumental Architecture
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Monumental Architecture Re ect 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 MONUMENTAL ARCHITECHTURE Tarasha HicksonSmith 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 amp 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 US 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 17th and 18th century and as of 1993 is now a National Historic Landmark National Park Services 2006 This does not give them their dignity back for the torture they went through nor is it repayment for wages unearned for hours of unethical labor they provided The declaration of this burial ground as a National Monument sent a message of appreciation to the descendants of those slaves that they were of some value and deserved some national recognition for their hard work and endurance Works Cited National Park Services 2006 February 27 Retrieved July 21 2011 from National Park Services wwwnpsgov Nowak B amp Laird P 2010 Social Stratification In CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY pp chap 78 para 2 San Diego California Brindgepoint Education Responses To me RE MONUMENTAL ARCHITECHTURETARASHA Instructor Grabneri 7242011 34849 PM HICKSONSMITH Hi Tarasha lam so glad that you used the African Burial Ground as an example here This is an incredibly important piece of American history as you know and sheds light on a piece of history that had effectively been silenced What do you think that it says about our culture that a monument such as this exists yet was left uncovered for such a long time Rachel Hello Professor Grabner I think it says that we have come to recognize those Africans as our elders and as the founding mothers and fathers that helped to build this land They are an important part of our heritage and most of their stories have never been told By Bush legitimizing the burial ground it was a way to give them their due respect Seeing that it was left undiscovered says allot about those in charge in the past Those Africans were probably thrown in that burial site like trash in a dumpster never to be seen heard or thought about again until the mistaken discovery in 1991 National Park Services 2006 National Park Services 2006 According to the General Service Administration GSA the burial site had been covered for years by a development and landfield that was only cleared because they were looking for a new location for a government building US General Services Administration nd They also stated The African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan represents the important role and major contribution that enslaved African men women and children made to the economy development and culture of America both in the South and North US General Services Administration nd Works Cited National Park Services 2006 February 27 Retrieved July 21 2011 from National Park Services wwwnpsgov Nowak B amp Laird P 2010 Social Strati cation In CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGYpp chap 78 para 2 San Diego California Brindgepoint Education US General Services Administration nd Home Retrieved July 25 2011 from THE AFRICAN BURIAL GROUND httpwwwafricanburialgroundgovABGMainhtm Classmates Post Week4 Discussion 1 Shawn Gauthney 7212011 85356 PM Monumental architecture derives from a variety of characteristics ranging from its impact and functionality to its sustainability and elegance There are also many other factors that convey a structure as being monumental Some rely on the functions that contribute to their culture while others rely on religious and political aspects During the Bronze Age the main in uence of monumental architecture relied on each state39s political system This can be seen throughout history especially from archaic statecountries like Egypt It is evident that in Egypt there are monumental structures in uenced by its political systems A huge piece monumental architecture in United States is the Statue of Liberty which is very important to our society The statue was built as a gift of friendship from France to the United States of America It also stands as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy It was declared a National monument by the United States in 1924 Up to and through today many people go to the Statue of Liberty and tour it It is important to see this historical monument and the historical signi cance that means so much to the United States Shawn Gauthney Hello Shawn That is an interesting fact that the monuments of Egypt were a re ection of its political system They made it a point to document and preserve as much of their culture as possible Nowak amp Laird 2010 These monuments were also said to be housing direction and resources left for those Kings and Queens going to the afterlife so it also said something about their belief system as well The Statue of Liberty is a representation of our freedom It was a collaborative effort put together by natural financial and human resources therefore the French designer Bartheholdi named the statue Liberty Enlightening the World because that is what the US represented in the constitution National Parks Services Although we do not all quite have a grasp on all that America has to offer we are steady approaching a full understanding of what Lady Liberty really represents Those same resources and more that brought her into fruition are the same resources that built America up to the standards it stands on today Works Cited National Parks Services nd Statue OfLiberty E tour Retrieved Juky 25 2011 from NPS Web site httpwwwnpsgovfeaturecontentstlieTourhtm Nowak B amp Laird P 2010 Social Strati cation In CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGYpp chap 78 para 2 San Diego California Brindgepoint Education Monumental ArchitectureDiscussion 1 Week 4 Kahiwahiwaokalani Macanas 7222011 15150 AM Monumental Architecture Kahiwahiwaokalani Macanas ANT101 Rachel Grabner July 21 2011 Explain why monumental architecture is unique to cities Monumental architectures are unique to cities because it symbolizes the concentration of surplus wealth Nowak amp Laird 2010 Monumental architectures were built by laborers and slaves lead by their leaders They were designed and built to represent their culture and heritage What do such displays imply about the socioeconomic and political organization of the society and created it I would say that the monuments that were made represented how much wealth they had over others The bigger the monuments the more it said to other people on how rich and powerful they were Consider pieces of monumental architecture found in the United States Identify one of these monuments and describe the message it sends to the world I m not sure if this counts but what comes to mind when we say monumental architecture is Cliff Palace in Colorado It was built by the ancient Pueblo people between 1190 and 1260 and was abandoned by the 1300 s due to megadroughts which caused interruptions in food productions Hello Kahiwahiwaokalani I agree that monuments were built to represent all of that and more but what about the monuments that were not manmade It still takes some preservation efforts to maintain the integrity of the monument whether manmade or naturally formed by nature Nowak amp Laird 2010 This is where the financial backing comes into play for those showcasing who has the most resources to handle the task As you stated all the money and manpower were no competition for the drought that shut them down Macanas 2011 The monument you chose to recognize is the Cliff Palace Which is actually located in the Mesa Verde National Park This park protects over 4 000 known archeological sites including the Cliff Palace National Park Services 2006 This makes the Whole Mesa Verde National Park one big monument in itself representing the bountiful pieces of history left behind by the Pueblo people for us to remember them by Works Cited Macanas K 2011 Monumental Architechture San Diego CA Ashford University National Park Services 2006 February 27 Retrieved July 25 2011 from National Park Services WWWnpsgov Nowak B amp Laird P 2010 Social Stratification In CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY pp chap 78 para 2 San Diego California Brindgepoint Education
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