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Coming Up in Week 2

On tap for August 24 and 26 — we will have a second go at some technology, and for those who are having trouble I’ll give a quick tutorial in using our web portal, setting up a blog, and the like. But, most of our time will be spent looking at the intersection of ecology and human settlement in the early days. We will be considering particularly how elevation and precipitation affected Andean settlement right from the start.

We will also be discussing pp. 1-92 of the Benson and Cook book, Ritual Sacrifice in Ancient Peru. This first reading includes chapters on the importance of sacrifice in early Andean cultures, as well as specific analyses of decapitation, blood letting, fertility, sacred weaving, and more, particularly amongst the Moche.

Where, you might ask, were the Moche located? Moche settlements were concentrated on the northwest coast of present day Peru, and flourished between 100 and 800 CE. The Moche were preceded on the north coast by the Cupisnique, who flourished for a millennium and a half, beginning around 1500 BCE.

Welcome!

Welcome to the course blog for History 360 – the History of the Early Andes. In addition to our blog, we also have a class portal, which brings together a whole host of resources on ┬áLatin America, Latin American History, your own blog posts for this class, and other important course resources. Be sure to bookmark that page, as it is the easiest way to access your course materials.

Your course syllabus, schedule, and readings are also available at this blog. I would suggest that you subscribe to the RSS feed of our course blog using a service like Google Reader or NetNewsWire (for those inclined towards Mac). These are very easy to set up, and allow you immediate access whenever something new is posted to a feed-supported site.

I’m looking forward to a great semester.