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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Spring 2006

LAS 381 • PRECLAS MESO: SCULP/ARCH/PERF

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39810 TH
12:30 PM-3:30 PM
ART 3.432
GUERNSEY

Course Description

his seminar will focus on the Late Preclassic period in ancient Mesoamerica. This time period, which spans from 300 BC to 250 AD, witnessed extraordinary artistic and cultural developments in several great civilizations in Mesoamerica, including the Olmec/Mixe-Zoque, the Maya, and the Zapotecs. We will focus on several representative sites, with particular emphasis on how rulership and themes of divine communication were manifested and structured within the architectural and sculptural environment of these sites. Main themes addressed in the seminar will revolve around the nature of Late Preclassic sacred and politically-charged spaces and pose questions such as: How was elite authority manifested sculpturally? Architecturally? How did Preclassic Mesoamericans structure a dialogue between sculpture, space, and performer within site centers? How can we go about reconstructing these performances? How do these change through time, across space, and between cultural groups?

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