ANTH 1140 Exam 2 Study Guide

  1. Theater-State
    • The K'uhul Ajaw's personal presence and celebration of rites were central to the maintenance of his authority
    • Have centers & rulers who model a cosmological order of belief of their subjects
  2. How do the messages presented on public monuments differ from those on lintels?
    • Public Monuments: Rites of passage, things the king are doing, coming to the throne, fighting a war, etc.
    • Lintels: women, supernaturals, bloodletting
  3. What information is inscribed on human bone?
    Ownership, both new and original.
  4. Give two reasons why the Relación de las Cosas de Yucatan, written by Diego de Landa, is important.
    • first ethnography
    • first description of the glyphs for calendar & numbers
  5. Why is de Landa reviled by epigraphers?
    He burned the codices
  6. Name four innovations that indicate the presence of Teotihuacanos at Maya sites?
    • Goggle eyes (rep the stormgod)
    • Stormgod mask
    • Mirror back bustle
    • Square shields
    • incensario
    • (Pachuca obsidian??)
    • thin orange pottery (made in Puebla)
    • slab-footed stucco-covered tripod vases with lid
  7. What do the Teotihuacanos want from the Maya? Name three resources available at each of these sites
    • KJ (highlands) quetzal feathers, cinnabar, greenstone
    • Copan (highlands?) tobacco, cacao, feathers
    • Tikal (lowland) rubber, chicle, jaguars (eh..), bufo marinus, copal
  8. According to Classic Period Maya calendrics, the date – 4 Ajaw – 8 K’umk’u is of special significance. Describe each portion of this date:
    • = long count date
    • this calendar began on our date 11 or 13 Aug 3114 BC
    • 4 Ajaw = ritual or sacred calendar; based on a period of 260 days
    • 8 K’umk’u = solar calendar; based on a period of 365 days
    • Long count date, arbitrary date signifying the start date for the long count
  9. In terms of Maya calendrics, what will happen on December 21, 2012?
    The long count will reset.
  10. Significant construction occurs at Teotihuacan before AD 250, these include:
    • Temple of the sun (largest hierophany in the world)
    • Temple of the moon
    • Temple of the feathered serpent (1st to use t/t)
    • Street of the dead
    • Canalization of the Rio San Juan
  11. What system of counting do the Maya use?
    Vegisimal (base 20)
  12. What do the cities of Caracol, Naranjo and Dos Pilas have in common?
    • Originally, all were allies under the control of Tikal
    • Kalakmul took over these sites and made them subservient
    • These sites then attacked Tikal
  13. What is the difference between a logographic and a phonetic sign?
    • Logographic: one sign = one word, one concept
    • Phonetic: one sign = one consonant & one vowel combination
  14. What is meant by the “Classic Period Maya Collapse”?
    • Massive population decline in S. Lowlands (80% clear out)
    • No more monuments w/ long count date
    • End of dynastic rulership/kingship
  15. What is meant by the environmental degradation model?
    • Copan by Bill Fash
    • Population exceeds carrying capacity (result: starvation & malnutrition)
    • Deforestation and erosion of the landscape (OR need wood to make fires --> deforestation)
    • Increased surface albedo
    • OR Lack of fallow period (result: decreased yield & microclimate)
  16. What is meant by the endemic warfare model?
    • Dos Pilas by Arthur Demarest
    • Kalakmul collapses creating a power vacuum (result: inter-site competition)
    • Emigration from the South (result: competition over land)
    • Construction of defensive structures & abandonment of farming (result: starvation & malnutrition)
  17. What is the “historical hypothesis?”
    The idea that glyphs record the actions of rulers, political history
  18. Who is responsible for the discovery of the "historical hypothesis?"
    Tatiana Proskouriakoff
  19. What is the structure of a Maya hieroglyphic sentence?
    sacred date – solar date – verb – object – subject
  20. Who discovered the Maya sentence structure?
    Tatiana Proskouriakoff
  21. Where is Teotihuacan?
    Valley of Mexico, Central Mexico, under modern-day Mexico City
  22. What geological resource is specific to the Teotihuacan region?
    Pachuca Obsidian
  23. What architectural style is diagnostic of Teotihuacan?
    • Talud-tablero
    • (slanted part = talud, flat part = tablero)
  24. What happens at the cities of Palenque, Copan and Tikal when the Teotihuacanos arrive?
    Regime change (kings die, new leaders appointed from teotihuacan)
  25. When do these events occur & who are the characters involved?
    • Tikal: 378 AD, Spear-thrower owl, fire is born
    • Copan: 426 AD, Yax Kuk Mo
    • Palenque: 431 AD
  26. How does the interaction between the Teotihuacanos and the folks from Kaminaljuyu differ from that between the Teotihuacanos and the peoples of the Southern Maya Lowlands?
    • KJ: trade & parity
    • Southern Lowlands: regime change
  27. What languages were spoken during the Classic Period?
    Cholan, Yukatek
  28. When is the "Classic Period?"
    250 – 900 AD
  29. What is an Emblem Glyph?
    Glyph denoting the title of the ruler of a polity/state
  30. What is a codex?
    • Book made of amate paper
    • records agricultural and cosmological/celestial phenomenon
  31. Name the four existing Maya codices.
    Dresden, Paris, Madrid, Mexico City
  32. What evidence do we have of Maya bloodletting?
    • Bloodletting tools (stingray spines, cut shell, obsidian blades)
    • Images on carved stone
    • Textual description of bloodletting
  33. What happens to “18 Rabbit” at Quirigua?
    He cuts off his own head
  34. Can both males & females become ajaw?
    Yes, but generally females only stand in as a placeholder until young sons can accede to the throne (Kinix example)
  35. What is the job description of a Classic Period ajaw?
    • communicate with ancestors and supernatural to ensure fertility (agricultural & human)
    • engage in warfare (take captives, sacrifice).
  36. What does an ajaw receive in exchange for performing his job?
    • labor and food
    • exotic objects, wealth, greenstone, feathers, imports
  37. 26. According to Demarest, what archaeological evidence indicates elite involvement in quotidian exchange?
    No evidence. Elites don’t have control over the lower level economy
  38. Who was the archaeologist in charge of the Copan Project?
    William Fash
  39. Who was the archaeologist in charge of the Dos Pilas Project?
  40. What three major calendar systems are employed by the Classic Period Maya?
    Sacred, solar, long count
  41. 31. What evidence to we have regarding the relationship between Tikal and Calakmul during the Classic Period?
    • No text between 562 – 692 AD
    • Emblem glyphs left behind at the conquering sites
  42. 32. Some monuments suggest that the ballgame was a metaphor for __________________________. Other monuments suggest that the ballgame was ____________________________________________
    • movement of the cosmos
    • sacrifice of captives
  43. 33. Who was the archaeologist responsible for excavating the Temple of the Inscriptions at Palenque?
    Alberto Ruz
  44. Who is buried in the Temple of the Inscriptions? And, from whom did he inherit the throne?
    • Pakal
    • His mother
  45. Who or what is k’awiil?
    • Glyph signifying ancestral dynasty symbolized by an axe in the forehead.
    • It states: this person has royal power, royal ancestry
  46. What defensive features did Maya cities employ?
    • Killing alleys
    • Moats
    • Actual defensive walls / palisades
    • Double wall creates a kill zone
  47. True or False: Maya hieroglyphic texts record the economic transactions of Classic Period Maya merchants.
  48. Where is the stucco-covered pyramid with images of quotidian activities located?
  49. The longest Maya hieroglyphic text is located at the city of _________ and is identified with the name __________________.
    • Copan
    • Hieroglyphic stairs (found by David Stuart)
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