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ANT 215 Quiz 4

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This study guide covers all the material that will be covered on our next exam including Harappan civilization, South Asia, and Mesoamerica.
Origins of Civilization
Jeff Chivis
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Date Created: 04/02/16
South Asia Harappan Civilization Periods: • Neolithic (7000 – 3000 BC) • Bronze Age o Early Harappan (3300-2600 BC) o Mature Harappan (2550-2600 BC) o Late Harappan (1900-1000 BC) Neolithic • 7000 BC: domesticated wheat, sheep, pigs, goats, Zebu cattle, pigs, cotton • 5000 BC: Specialists in crude pottery, copper tools, imports • Utilized metallurgy: copper was first to be extracted from malachite • Uses bronze (mix of copper and tin) as stronger metal Early Harappan • Move from farming to more urban life, increasing specialization • Kot Dijian pottery • Increased non-perishable and exotic trade networks to pay for monumental structures • 3000 BC: Indus script as form of writing that was read right to left but untranslated • Harappan seals with 350-425 known symbols to mark trade of goods, usually 5-6 per seal, cylinder seals made of steatite Mature Harappan • Large, defined urban cities with well thought out plans (Dholavira) o Each was a city-state with independent control of their territory and population—lack of unification • Utilized river for trade • Population growth increased (800 sites) • Mohenjo-Daro: largest of this city (40-80k people) o Construction of streets running north and south o Public sewer/drainage o Multiple house structures with courtyards o Citadel: several buildings on top with water piped into, lower elevation for houses and craft specialists § Could have ritual meaning/purpose (great bath) § Great bath: region of upper town with well to get water for ritual bathing • Role: practiced by Hindu religion also, water purified souls and cleanliness, provided good karma o Specialized in pottery o Plumbing: increased sanitation to draw water out (key for large populations) o Most buildings were residential (75%) and workshops for craft specialists § Outside citadel lacks large works o Seals used for trade between Mesopotamia and other societies o City of Lothal as trading center o Grid structure o Little social differentiation in burials • Weights and measures were standardized, use flint/chert is evidence of merchant culture • Priest king could be evidence of caste system although lacking tombs but some art suggests possible • WE DON’T KNOW: o Religion: Hindu gods could have originated at Harappan times o Language: lacking scripts, multiple languages o Political system: priest king sculpture suggests leadership class Late Harappan • Gradual decline starting at 1800 BC, 1700 BC most cities abandoned o Possible invading Aryans from Asia (less likely in present times) o River Valley changed course, irrigation of water was very important (Dholavira) Mesoamerica Overview: much more focused on cultural diversity rather than geographical, was home to many diverse cultures and ethnic groups, seized by Spanish invaders • Geography: complex and variable o Lowlands: below 1000m above sea level o Alitplano—highlands: 1000-2000m above sea level o Much of Northern is volcanic, south (Yucatan) of limestone flats o Limited water sources out of Mayan region • Climate: variable o Arid highlands, humid low lands (tropical or sub-tropical) o Temperate/moderate yearly rainfall • Chronology o Archaic 8000-2000 BC o Formative/preclassic 2000 BC – 100 AD o Classic 100-700 AD § Mayan until 1000 AD o Epiclassic 700-1100 AD o Postclassic 1100-1542 AD Archaic 8000-2000 BC • Mobile hunter-gatherers • Domesticates: squash, chili, maize • Bands would cultivate crops and leave to return in harvest season • Tehuacan Valley o 4300 BC: maize domesticated, happening quickly and viewed as godly to states o 2000 BC: earliest evidence of sedentism (domesticates first) o Domsticates first because small kernels would not support sedentary lifestyle so needed to wait for it to evolve o Food trinity: beans, maize, squash al supported/enhanced each other Pre-Classic/Formative 2000 BC – 100 AD • Start of sedentism and intense cultivation; more cultural complexity with larger populations with specialization • Olmec culture emerges, served as basis of many other cultrures in Mesoamerica • Early Zapotex state in Oaxaca • Olmec heartland: gulf coast region with many chiefdoms along river o San Lorenza peaked from 1150-900 BC with 20 Lagunas o La Venta peaked 900-400 BC § Origins of Mesoamerican structures, clay pyramids with earthen works § Caches stored ritual objects § Elite residence and ritual activity; few resident’s occupation, outside center § Lagunas: man-made depressions with waterproof bricks, possibly for bathing rituals o Settlements based around ceremonial center o Olmec heads: made of salt blocks that were imported § Depicts gods, kings, and warriors § Brocken/buried suggests ceremonial loss of power when king died o Calendar system: overlapped in 52 year cycles § Solar (haab): years with 360 days, 18 months of 20 days § Lunar (ritual): 260 days based on astronomical sights of moon/ Venus o Mayan Long Count: they set their own start date to set base of all dates (accuracte) o Numbering system: intervals of 20 (vigesimal) instead of 10, bars (5) and dots (1), created null to represent zero o Oaxaca: known for complexity § Trade between settlement and gulf coast (magnetite mirrors, marine goods, obsidian) o San jose Magote: 1400 BC § Trade/ritual center § Lack of government control § 700 BC: rose to dominate entire valley (improved public archetiecture and trade goods) § Violence depicted in art o Monte Alban: on top large hill top—distanced from agriculture § 2 largest site in valley of Oaxaca § 500-200BC: dominate power § Location provided protection from violence § 200BC: capital of Zapotec culture § Danzantes: 300 carvings/figures showing victims of human sacrifice, thought were dancers, wartime and military propaganda Classic Period 100 – 700 AD Known for large trade networks and increased social complexity • Major Regions o Central Mexico—Teotihuacan § Basin of Mexico had lakes fed by natural springs (mexico city) § Temperate climate and central plateau § Teotihuacan • Est. 2 century BC • Main city center, first urban civilization • 80k people • Controlled trade routes (obsidian) • Influenced area w/o conquering or control • Everday life unknown, no writing • Ceremonial core with small settlements surrounding o Pyramid of Moon to North o Pryramid of Sun in center § Over artificial cave § Same size of Khufu o Ciudedela (citadel): pyramid of feathers serpant—human sacrifice o Great compound: marketplace o Plain architecture, plastered/painted • Origin: pop. Increase 100 AD from surrounding areas migrating towards (volcanic eruptions could be to blame) o 300 AD: rebuilt with grid structure w/N/S axis o Building was controlled by state o Standard apartment compounds for approx. 100 people o Political system unknown, assumed collective leadership § No evidence for kingship o City split into districts (barrio for foreigners or ceremonial centers) • Trade networks based on control of Pachuca obsidian (uniquely gold/green color)—traded as far as Arizona o Mayan § Debated as state of chiefdom society—many small cities controlled by powerful leaders § Height of Maya civilization § Trade w/Teotihuacan was large political aspect to them § Classical Maya collapse: population moved towards hostile areas with warfare, putting pressure on regions leading to supply issues—lack of rain fall compounded all issues § Politics: • Ruled by king (Ajaw) • Inter-related chiefdoms • Power based on control of land and trade networks • Stelae: large limestone megaliths with images of rulers & kings o Provided commemoration/propaganda—highly visible although unreadable § Sites: • Copan, Caracol, Quiigua • Tikal: one of largest, 10-90k people o Famous for acropolis (steep combed tombs) o Residential buildings surrounding center (mounds) o Specialization and ruler priest controlled portion of site o “great plaza” as city center o Water provided via moats/reservoirs o Religion: believed in 3 layers of world § Underworld: gods of death and disease (Xibalba) § Human world § Upper world § Maize was central figure o Collapse: 900-1000 AD as population moved to Yucatan; many small factors § Drought, warfare, population pressure, malnutrition/disease Post Classic Maya 900 – 1100 AD • Population moves to Yucatan and lowland areas • Tried to recreate architecture styles • Itza Maya rule (capital of Chichen Itza) • Changes that occurred: o Dealing with collapse of classic period resulting in series of small states that rose and fell with power o Established new powerful states § Mexica—Aztec Empire of central Mexico • Capital of Tenochititlan: largest and most powerful in Mesoamerica, population 150-200k people when Spanish arrived § Tarascans—Michoacan in West Mexica § Mixtec—Monte Alban in Oaxaca o Consolidated power and expanded state South America—Andes Civilization Geography • Andes Mountains: longest in world, highest peak 6100m • Pacific Coastal desert plain to west—Atacama Desert (driest in world) • Amazon basin to east Climate • Variable on elevation/location o Hot/wet in Amazon basin o Cold/dry in mountains Maritime focus: resources like fish and sea mammals confirmed by Moche pottery—designs as evidence 3000 BC: Agriculture then sedentary life Chinchorro Culture: • Known for mummification, oldest to date, lived in Atacama Desert • Relied on hunting/gathering • 5000 BC: mummification started, 3000 BC: peak of use • Not only elites mummified; children and babies most elaborate El Paraiso Site: • 2500 BC: one of earliest settled, monumental construction and dense poplation • 9 architecture complexes with sacred and secular purpose • Focus on religion, little occupation • Marine resources important • Stone-lined courts in front of mounds Early Horizon Period 800 BC – 1 AD • Chavin culture spread religions ideology from pottery inscriptions • Chavin de Huantar o Steep geography o Trade outside this region o Herding camelids and farmed potatoes at high altitudes § Traded for chili peppers, salt, dried fish o Constructional phases § Old: initial period with “old temple” with two wings and open court § New: early horizon period with major construction around ceremonial center o Art: human-animal hybrids deities; images of tropical animals § Jaguar iconology: powerful figure o Andean metallurgy: art style applied to advanced metal working § Gold smithing § Soldering § Smelting Early Intermediate Period 1 AD – 600 • Considered “classic” from cultural changes that take place • Moche and Nazca cultures • Extensive irrigation as basis for Inca Empire Moche Culture: • Inland from coast • Complex irrigation and canal system to support 50k people • Stratification in burials, wealth, and pottery; few with animal figure-heads • Hunted, fished, agriculture: men hunt/fish and women wove cloth/textiles • Evidence of violence and more frequent human sacrifice o Defenses around settlements • Differences in wealth (class system) • Art was key, potters viewed as craftsmen displaying daily life (fishing, weaving, sacrifice, some sexual depictions) • Sites: o Huaca del Sol: § Pillaged by Spanish § Domestic, administrative, military center § Largest solid adobe strucutres o Huaca de la Luna: § Better kept, swept § Some burials, ritual/ceremonial purpose o Sipan: § Royal Moche tombs (richest in w. hemisphere) § Different in wealth classes § Clothing/pottery showed human sacrifice, amputated limbs found in tombs (from those sacrificed) Nazca Culture: • Located in Nazca Valley with complex irrigation • No large urban centers, mainly villages/towns • Overlapped with Moche culture • Evidence of warfare amongst themselves “head hunters” • Nazca lines in Nazca desert—moved white pebbles, some simple lines others resembled animals, purpose unknown (territorial marker, directions to water sources, designs for gods—extraterrestrials made patterns) • Trepanation—early brain surgery; use of coca—chewed as stimulant Middle Horizon Period (AD 600 – 1000) Different competing states—Wari and Tiwanaku Tiwanaku: southern of Lake Titicaca, first and largest settlement based on farming potatoes, used flooded, raised fields, herding of llamas • Reached peak around 600/800 AD • Expanded their state, founded colonies, large trade routes (influencing Inca lifestyle) • Human sacrifice rituals on buildings (Akipana), ritual buildings very important • Sun iconography, ancestor worship—maintain their lifestyle, thought ancestors were still around to affect daily life • Temple mounds built by ruled labor, early Chavin culture (one staff located in their city); llama caravans were trade force—expansion from economic trade Wari: short lived, controlled by military use, adopted Tiwanaku pantheon, built road network (used by Inca), used terracing for agriculture Late Intermediate Period (1000 – 1476 AD) • Fall of Wari/Tiwanaku and 7 states competeing for power, losing regional control • Moche-Chimu rise to power • North Peru Urbanized Chimu culture: developed from earlier Moche culture, arose from site of Chimu around 900 AD that falls from Inca expansion; 4 tiered hierarchial system where elites controlled population from cities and administrative centers Chan Chan (capital of Chimu): dominated by ciudadelas “little cities” 10 discovered, each represented a new king that would construct his compound; each king had craft specialists, rest of population lived outside compounds; 25k people Late Horizon (1476-1532 AD) Inca Empire • Founded in mid 1400; smash city of Chan-Chan in 1460 • Ancestry traced to Tiwanaku culture • First expansion under king Pachakuti around 1438 • Split inheritance: new king gained power and rights and wealth went to sons of old king • Quechua language Machu Picchu: • built for king Pachakuti around 1450—80 km from Cuzco • Design and engineering complex with water way • Temple significance for rituals and waterways within state Expansion: new kings needed to conquer new lands and gain wealth: • Mit’a (labor tax): viewed human labor as valuable resource, able-bodied men were soldiers/builders and women weaved for the state • Dividing agricultural products (1/3 to temples/gods, state, and local center) • Mitmaq—how they colonized/spread, breaking/relocating groups against Inca empire to minimize rebellion; Food: potatoes as main resources freeze-dried and stored, able to be sent to locations lacking Cuzco (capital of Inca): highest leader known as “Inca” • atypical—mostly administrative function, commoners in smaller cities • Spanish destroyed cite, removed gold; many roads filter into this settlement for drop off of goods and redistribution Large road system of paved roads—key factors for empire/military expansion to conquer (from Wari/Tiwanaku development) Chasqui: relay runners stationed along roads to pass messages, able to go 160 miles in one day Quipu “knot”: knotted cord system, recorded numbers by tying at intervals; color, placement was used as binary code to carry messages *non-traditional writing form Huascar Inca ruled empire from 1527-1532 AD, engaged in war with half brother (Atahualpa) as Huascar claimed land of previous kings Atahualpa Ina: Last Sapa Inca of empire • Defeated Huascar in 1532, ruled til 1533 • Met Spanish forces at Cajamarca where Pizarro ambushed and captured Atahualpa • Pizarro ordered room of riches to exchange for Inca Empire, lied • Atahualpa killed after mock trial via strangulation Fall: Huascar was in civil war with half-brother; occurred when Spanish were coming into region and after this fight the weakened system allowed Spanish to gain control


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