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World Civ 1 Honors

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World Civ 1 Honors HIST 1110

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Mesoamerica, South America and Oceania
World Civilization I Honors
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Date Created: 02/10/16
Chapter 4 Mesoamerica, South America, Oceania Origins of Mesoamerican Societies ● Migration across Bering Strait (land bridge) ■ Probably around 13,000 BCE, or earlier ● Or by sea from Asia ● By 9500 BCE, humans had reached southernmost tip of South America ● Hunter/gatherer societies ■ Most evolve into agricultural societies (except Plains peoples of the mid- West, Amazonian rainforest, Inuit peoples of Alaska) Olmecs ● 1200-100 BCE ● The “Rubber People” ● Ceremonial centers ■ San Lorenzo, La Venta, Tres Zapotes ● Olmec Heads (rulers) ■ Up to 10 ft tall, 20 tons (basalt) ■ Transported by dragging, rolling on logs ■ 1000 workers per head Agriculture and Herding ● Staple: maize ● Herding: turkeys, barkless dogs ■ Both raised for food ● No draft animals (no horses or cattle) ■ No development of wheeled vehicles (carts or chariots) Olmec Society ● Probably authoritarian in nature; strong kingship ● Large class of conscripted laborers to construct ceremonial sites ■ Also, tombs for rulers, temples, pyramids, drainage systems Mysterious Decline of Olmecs ● Ceremonial centers destroyed ● No evidence of warfare ● Revolution? ● Civil war? Maya ● Huge cities discovered in the 19 century (CE): 1800s ● 300 BCE-900 CE ● Terrace farming ● Cultivation of cacao beans ■ Hot chocolate (cocoa) ■ Currency ● Major ceremonial center at Tikal Mayan Warfare ● Warfare for purposes of capturing enemy soldiers ● Ritual sacrifice of enemies ■ Enslavement ■ Small kingdoms engage in constant conflict until Chichén Itzá begins to absorb captured villages ● Some captured prefer death ● Center of a Mayan empire develops Mayan Ritual Calendar ● Complex math ■ Invention of “Zero” ● Calendar of 365.242 days (omission of 17 seconds) ■ Solar calendar of 365 days ■ Ritual calendar of 260 days ● Management of calendar lends authority to priesthood ■ Timing of auspicious moments for agriculture Mayan Language and Religion ● Use of ideographs and a syllable-alphabet ■ Most writings destroyed by Spanish conquerors ■ Deciphering work began in 1960s ● Popol Vuh: Mayan creation myth ● Importance of blood rituals ■ Human sacrifices follow after removing fingers and piercing to allow blood to flow ■ Self-mutilation of genitals, tongues, earlobes by ritual participants (king and immediate royal family; aristocracy) Mayan Ball Game ● Passed down from Olmec ● Ritual form of ball game ● High-ranking captives, prisoners of war were contestants ● Execution of losers immediately after the match ● Ritual bloodletting for the gods City of Teotihuacan ● Located in the highlands of Mexico ● Lakes in area of high elevation ● Village of Teotihuacan, 500 BCE, expands to become massive urban center ■ Important as a ceremonial center ● Extensive trade network, influenced surrounding areas (Mayans) ● Begins to decline c. 650 CE, sacked in middle of 8th century CE (700s), massive library destroyed Andean Societies ● Migration into South America, c. 12,000 BCE ● Climate improves c. 8000 BCE ● Largely cut off from Mesoamerica ● Highly individualized due to geography Andean Geography andAgricultural Specialization ● Highlands: potatoes, alpaca wool, llama meat ● Central valley: maize, beans, squashes ● Coastal region: fish, sweet potatoes, and cotton ● Unified and brought into trade networks by Mochican state Chavian Cult ● New religion in central Andes, 900-300 BCE ● South America, contemporary Peru ■ Little known about particulars of religion ■ Represented by intricate stone carvings The Mochica State ● Valley of the Moche River ● Dominated northern Peru, 300-700 CE ● Distinctive painted pottery survives: depictions of scenes from everyday life and religious, sacrificial motifs ● One of many states in region, none able to consolidate into an empire 
 Oceania (Pacific Islands) ● Prehistoric land bridges, lower seas permit migration (60,000 years ago) ● Spars (projecting beams to prevent capsizing) and rudders for canoes in open-sea travel ● Early hunter-gatherer societies in Australia; remained that way among Aborginal peoples ● Early agriculture developed in New Guinea Spread ofAgriculture and Trade ● Cultivation began in New Guinea with Austronesian migrants (from Indonesia), about 3000 BCE ● Root crops like yams, bananas, and taro, herding pigs, dogs, and chickens ● Migrations of peoples who spoke earlier forms of Malayan, Filipino, Indonesian, Polynesian and Oceanic tongues, designated “Austronesian.” ● By 3000 BCE, Austronesian sea-farers built communities and traded with earlier aboriginal peoples Peopling of the Pacific Islands ● These sea-farers began to canoe to other islands (Solomon, Bismarck, New Caledonia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Easter Islands, Polynesia, New Zealand, and Hawaii), between 1500 BCE and 700 CE ● One branch from Philippines went to islands of Micronesia, while others went west to island of Madagascar from Indonesia. ● Form of government consisted of chiefdoms, established through kinship networks of local aristocracy. ● Often migrated out of population pressure or local conflict Lapita Peoples ● Found throughout Pacific Islands ● Agriculture, animal herding (pigs, dogs, chickens) ● Political organization based on chiefdoms ● Trade over open ocean declines 500 BCE ■ Greater independence of island-based settlements


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