ARTH 250: Art and Archaeology of Ancient America, Spring term, 2005 Professor Joanne Pillsbury Lecture: M/W 9:00 am – 9:50 am Art/Sociology Building, Room 2203 Teaching Assistant: Juliet Wiersema Discussion Section: 0101 Monday 10:00-10:50AM ASY 3211 Contact information: email@example.com Office Hours: Wednesdays 11:00-1:00 p.m. Office 4226 Arthistory-archaeology.umd.edu/courses/ARTH250/SP05/arth250.htm Purpose and Goals: This discussion section aims to reinforce ideas presented in lecture, clari fy concepts if need be, and review key terms relating to the art and archaeology of the ancient Americas. By the end of the course you should have an understanding of distinctions between and similarities among the great traditions in art and architecture of the Olmec, Zapotec, Maya and Aztec people in Mesoamerica as well as the Chavin, Paracas, Moche and Inka cultures in Andean region of South America. You should also finish this course with a knowledge of major works and monuments created by these cultures and an understanding of their respective significance. Ask Yourself: What do I already know of the Pre-Columbian world? What would I like to get from this class? What do I expect to learn? Student Responsibilities: You are expected to come to class every week. You are expected to arrive on time every week. You are expected to have done the required reading every week. You are expected to complete and hand in a weekly writing assignment of 30-50 words. You are expected to take the weekly slide identification quiz. You are expected to be courteous to your fellow students, to their ideas and their opinions. You are expected and encouraged to participate in class and share your views. You are invited to ask questions, seek answers, thrive and prosper in this course. Discussion Section Grading: 20% of your final grade comes from discussion section. 20% is a significant amount. This portion of your grade will come from weekly questions answered at home and brought to class (details below) and weekly qui zzes, given at the beginning of every discussion section (details below). Both constitute a full grade. In other words, if you take the quiz but have not prepared the answer to the assigned question, you will receive a ZERO for that week. If you are absent, you will receive a ZERO for that week. If you show up with your answer to the weekly question and do not take the quiz, you receive a ZERO for the week. The lowest of the weekly quiz grades will be thrown out. Weekly Quiz: At the beginning of each class there will be a short quiz, composed of slide identifications, vocabulary terms and essay question(s). This quiz will last 10 minutes and will consist of 5 questions. For slide identifications, you will need to supply information about the object, culture, and time period. The vocabulary terms come from your reading. For essay questions, you will be asked to establish a relationship between two different images. Weekly Question/Assignment: Each week, you will bring to class a short response to an assigned question about the reading (30-50 words). The answer should reflect that you have done the reading and given some thought to the question. The purpose of this assignment is to allow you a chance to reflect on the reading assignments before our discussion section meets. You can hand write or type your answer. Emailed responses to questions will not be accepted. Questions must be turned in at the beginning of each discussion section for credit. Academic Integrity: Cheating on exams and quizzes is not tolerated. Plagiarism is not tolerated. If you are not familiar with the University’s policy on academic integrity, visit UMD’s webiste for clarification. Important Dates Midterm – March 16 Paper Due – May 2 Final Exam – May 19 (8:00 -10:00 a.m.!) Please note that these dates are final and that there will be no make-up exams. Also, late papers will be marked down 5 points for each day that they are late. Weekly Question/Assignment Schedule for ARTH 250 Discussion Section 0101 Monday, 31 January - Introductions Review Syllabus, Review quiz format, Review weekly question and/or assignment. Complete index cards. Monday, 7 February - Information and Methodologies, The Formative Period and Olmec Culture (The Art of Mesoamerica, chap. 1-2; Haslip-Viera et al., 1997 “Robbing Native American Cultures. Van Sertima's Afrocentricity and the Olmecs.” Current Anthropology 38, 3: 419-441, www.Jstor.com. Question due in class Feb. 2: Where does our information on ancient Mesoamerica come from? Describe at least two sources of information and discuss what each provides OR describe similarities and differences between the Las Limas figure and the relief at Chalcatzingo. 50 words or <. Focus on core points. Monday, 14 February - The Late Formative Period and Teotihuacan (The Art of Mesoamerica, chapter 3 and 4) Question due in class Feb. 9: What are distinguishing characteristics of Teotihuacan and the art produced there? How does Teotihuacan differ from what we know of the Olmec? 50 words or <. Focus on core points. Monday, 21 February - Classicisms’: Monte Albán and Veracruz (The Art of Mesoamerica, chap. 5). Question due in class Feb. 16: These cultures shared an interest in the ball game. Give evidence for the ballgame in both cultures. Visit www.ballgame.org This site does not cover another important culture who played the ballgame. Which culture is not featured on this site and how do we know about their preoccupation with the sport of life and death? 50 words or <. Focus on core points. Monday, 28 February - The Early Classic Maya: Tikal (The Art of Mesoamerica, chap. 6; Pasztory, 1996 “Aesthetics and Pre-Columbian Art.” Res 29/30: 318-325, McKeldin electronic reserves) Question due in class Feb. 23: How does Maya art, architecture and society differ from the cultures we have studied thus far (Olmec, West Mexico, Teotihuacan, Zapotecs)? i.e. What distinguished them in your view? Think in terms of writing/recording, art and architecture. 50 words or <. Focus on core points. Monday, 7 March - Palenque and Bonampak (The Art of Mesoamerica, chap. 7) Question due in class Mar. 2: Pick two Maya stelae or relief sculptures from Classic period sites. Compare and contrast their respective sculptural forms as well as the type of message and imagery they convey. 50 wor ds or <. Monday, 14 March - The Aztecs and the Creation of History (The Art of Mesoamerica, chap. 9)/Midterm Review Question due in class Mar. 9: How has information about the Aztecs come to us? Pick two examples and explain how each differs. 50 words or <. Wednesday, 16 March - MID-TERM EXAM Spring Break March 19-March 25 Monday, 28 March - The Initial Period and the Chavín Culture (The Art of the Andes, chap. 2) Question due in class Mar. 30: Give two examples of “supernatural” depictions in Chavi n art and explain why this term has been applied. 50 words or <. Monday, 4 April - Paracas and Nasca (The Art of the Andes, chap. 3) Question due in class Apr. 6: Textiles and ceramics are predominant "art" forms in these periods and later. Choose a textile from 2 different cultures (Chavin, Paracas, Nasca) and compare and contrast subject matter, style and imagery. 50 words or <. Monday, 11 April - Looting, Archaeology, and the Moche and Moche Narrative and Portraiture (The Art of the Andes, chap. 4; Boone, 1993 “Collecting the Pre-Columbian Past: Historical Trends and the Process of Reception and Use.” In Collecting the Pre-Columbian Past, 315-350 (Elizabeth Hill Boone, ed.), McKeldin electronic reserve; Donnan, 2001 “Moche Ceramic Portraits.” In Moche Art and Archaeology in Ancient Peru, 127-139, McKeldin electronic reserve) Question due in class Apr. 13: How does Donnan’s investigation change what was previously thought about Moche Portrait Vessels? 50 words or <. Monday, 18 April - Tiwanaku and Wari (The Art of the Andes, chap. 5) Question due in class Apr. 20: TBD Monday, 25 April - The Empire of Chimor (texts TBD) Question due in class Apr. 27: TBD Monday, 2 May - PAPERS DUE AT THE BEGINNING OF CLASS to TA Monday, 2 May - The Conquest and the Inca (Art of the Andes, chap. 7 and Murra, 1962 “Cloth and Its Function in the Inca State.” American Anthropologist 64(4): 710-728 on www.jstor.org) Question due in class May 4: What similarities can you find between Inca textiles and Inca masonry? 50 wor ds or <. Monday, 9 May - Final Review Thursday, 19 May - Final Exam 8:00 -10:00 a.m.
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