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History and Archaeology

Week 1 Worksheet

As you read this week’s required materials, complete this worksheet. This is a multipage assignment; double-check that you completed each page before submitting.
Part I: Fill in the Blanks

Fill in the blanks to complete the following sentences.
1. History and Archaeology

a. The written record of the past and the study of past written records is called history .

b. The study of the past based on recovering and identifying artifacts and making inferences about those who left these artifacts is called Archaeology .

c. Both historians and archaeologists describe the past. Historians study written records to form this description, whereas archaeologists study artifacts .

d. Scholars’ ability to relate narrative stories of past Andean cultures is limited because they did not use written language , but recent advances in translating the language has allowed a better understanding of Mesoamerican cultures.

e. Based on archaeological and genetic evidence, scholars believe the first people to settle the Americas came across a natural land bridge , from Siberia into Alaska .
2. The Civilizations of Al-Andalus

a. The first Spanish Umayyad, Abd al-Rahman , forced Charlemagne’s forces to retreat into France.

b. The 50-year reign of Abd al-Rahman saw the defense of Córdoba from the Fatimids in Africa and the Christians to the north. After his death, the caliphate fragmented into many smaller principalities.

c. The Almoravids and Almohads of North Africa invaded Spain in the 11th century to enforce strict Muslim rule.

d. The mercenary adventures of El Cid during the reconquest or reconquista made him Spain’s national hero.

e. In 1942 , the last Islamic Andalusian kingdom, Granada, was captured by Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castille. Jews and Muslims were forced to leave Spain.
3. Fatimid Civilization

a. The Fatimid dynasty ruled , Sicily, and parts of the Middle East.

b. The Shi’ite Fatimids established a(n) in their new capital, , to rival those of Baghdad and Córdoba.

c. The , who live in modern Lebanon and Syria, originated as a splinter group that believed one of the Fatimid caliphs was the last incarnation of God.

d. The Fatimid Empire weakened in the 12th century and was conquered by .
4. Saljug Civilization

a. The Saljuqs (also known as Seljuks or Saljuks) were the earliest significant Islamic rulers from peoples. They extended their rule from Transoxiana to the Iranian Plateau, Mesopotamia, much of the Near East, and Asia Minor during the century.

b. The vizier ruled the Saljuk Empire through two sultans, building roads, caravanserais, canals, mosques, and madrasas.

c. In the 12th century, the Saljuk Empire lost territory in Anatolia to the Empire, and was destroyed in the year by the Khwarizm-Shahs.

5. Ilkhanid Civilization

a. The Mongols conquered Persia and Mesopotamia in the century, and they ruled this territory through , or viceroys of the Great Khan of China.

b. Ibn al-Athir describes the invaders of Muslim lands as a dire calamity.

c. A grandson of Genghis, , conquered territory stretching to the Mediterranean, but was slowed by rivalry with Berke, khan of the Golden Horde. Partly due to the influence of his wife and other and Buddhists, his forces spared the Christians of conquered lands.

6. Timurid and Turkoman Civilizations

a. Between 1379 and 1402, led nomadic steppe peoples in conquest and destruction of large portions of the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, northern India, and Anatolia.

b. The first Timurid capital at was the site of many elegant construction projects.

c. The fourth son of Timur, , ruled a united Iran and sponsored arts, religion, and economic development.

d. The Empire shared control of Iran with the Timurids, another Sunni dynasty.

7. Olmec Civilization

a. The Olmec civilization thrived in the southern portion of what is now .

b. Archaeological evidence of Olmec goods in many parts of Mesoamerica, along with the use of jade and obsidian, are evidence of early .

c. The first major Olmec center was ; as it declined, grew in importance.

8. Mayan Civilization

a. The Mayan civilization developed in the rain forests of the Peninsula.

b. Mayan civilization was composed of multiple that competed with one another for dominance.

c. The dynasty ruled Tikal for centuries before it declined and , a city far to the north, rose to prominence in the ninth century.

9. Teotihuacán Civilization

a. Teotihuacán, located a short distance northeast of modern , was a major city-state for several centuries.

b. Teotihuacán’s economy and urban society thrived due to quarrying, manufacture, trade, and intensive agriculture made possible by .

c. The power of Teotihuacán’s civilization declined between the sixth and eighth centuries because of .

10. Toltec Civilization

a. Tula, the Toltec capital, was near a(n) quarry and the edge of Mesoamerica.

b. Toltec civilization flourished in the century and century before quickly declining.

c. The Toltec king fled from Tula to .

11. Aztec Civilization

a. The Aztec capital, on Lake in the Valley of , was home to hundreds of thousands of people at its height.

b. Aztec wealth was based on taking goods from .

c. After conquering another group, Aztecs would take prisoners for and entrust the rule of the area to the .

d. The Aztec civilization was ended by conquistadors and local subject peoples who resented paying tribute and providing for the Aztecs.

12. Nazca Civilization

a. The Nazca or Nasca civilization thrived in the valleys of Peru’s coast until about 700 CE.

b. Agriculture enabled by irrigation water from allowed the Nazca civilization to flourish.

c. Archaeological evidence indicates that the Nazca capital of was used primarily for religious .

13. Moche Civilization

a. The Moche civilization thrived along about miles of the northern Peruvian coast.

b. Moche civilization was likely divided: a northern realm was ruled from in the Lambayeque valley, while a southern realm was ruled from the valley settlements near Cerro Blanco.

c. Evidence that subject peoples paid tribute to the Moche lords through their labor are the marks on the bricks that make up , the largest adobe structure in the Americas.

14. Inca Civilization

a. Inca emperors ruled one of the world’s largest states, called , which was home to millions of people.

b. Inca rulers expanded and ruled their empire through taxation, alliances, providing lavish entertainments, and employing people in state service.

c. According to Inca tradition, Inca Yupanqui defended against a rebellion by the Chanca people, founded the empire, and took the name .

d. The Inca Empire fell to conquistadors led by .

Part II: Cultural Contributions

Complete the following matrix with at least one element for each category.

Civilization

Intellectual Contributions

Artistic Forms or Contributions

Architecture

Religious Beliefs

Traditions

Andalusian

Fatimid

Saljug

Mongol and Ilkhanid

Timurid or Turkoman

Olmec

Mayan

Teotihuacán

Toltec

Aztec

Nazca

Moche

Inca

 

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