Buried Cities and Tribes Assignment.

Teotihuacan is a spectacular site. You’ve likely seen pictures of the pyramids flanking the “Avenue of the Dead,” or perhaps you have visied the site yourself. It was built before the Aztecs and is so old that the Aztecs gave it the name it bears today, which translates to “the place the gods came into being.” The links below provide you access to a “virtual field trip” of Teotihuacan that was recently developed by ASU.

Check out the site of Teotihuacan digitally using the Virtual Field Trip. Use our navigation guide

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to help you through it (and to help you with Assignment 3!).

http://vft.asu.edu/VFTTeoH5T/panos/tmoTopH5main/tmoTopH5main.html

ASSIGNMENT:

The state-level societies that came after the Urban Revolution differed in many ways from the smaller and less complex societies that preceded them. In lecture 1 of module 5 we introduced Gordon Childe’s list of ten features that describe these differences. We still live in a state-level society today, and in many ways modern society is far more similar to the early states than it is to the Paleolithic or Neolithic societies before the Urban Revolution. For this assignment you will do fieldwork in your city or community, as well as digital fieldwork in an ancient site, to find material evidence (features and artifacts) of state-level society (and not in a band or tribal society).

The following list contains five of Childe’s ten traits of state-level societies. Pick three traits from the list and find clear and visible evidence (features and artifacts) for the presence of this trait in your city or community today and at the site of Teotihuacan (through the Virtual Field Trip (Links to an external site.)). Take one or two photos (not more than 2) that illustrate each trait. For Teotihuacan, your photos will be screenshots. Two of your traits should be illustrated by photos in your community; one should be illustrated by a screenshot from the Teotihuacan Virtual Field Trip (hint: the optional worksheet provided to guide you through the VFT may give you an idea of which trait is easiest to see). You must take the photos and screenshots yourself; do not simply download them from the internet. The evidence must be clear; it must be possible to infer the trait from your photo or photos. (e.g., don’t photograph a person walking down the street and say this person is a full-time specialist). Each of the 3 traits is worth 13 points. DO NOT USE EXAMPLES FROM LECTURES.

Social stratification
A state form of government
Full-time specialization
Monumental public architecture (Check lecture 1 of Module 5 to make sure you understand the concept of “monumental” as buildings that are larger than they have to be).
Predictive sciences
This assignment requires the use of photographs. Please reduce the file size of each photograph/screenshot you use before importing/pasting it into the document. You can do this using standard photo editing software (Mac Preview, Adobe Photoshop, usually the program you use to import photos off your camera/device). Your document file size should not exceed 20MB. You can check the size of your file by right-clicking and going to Properties (PC) or Get Info (Mac) for the file. Please only upload files in the following formats: .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .txt. Do not compress your file in .zip.

Screenshots
You will need to take one or two screenshots of the Teotihuacan VFT for the trait you identify at Teotihuacan. To take a screenshot on Windows, press the Print Screen key (usually abbreviated PrtScn) and then paste your screenshot into Paint for editing. To take a screenshot on Mac OS, you can press command+shift+3 to take the whole window and save it, or you can press command+shift+4 to take a screenshot of a selection you choose (this one is easiest for not having to edit later).

Submitting your assignment through Canavs
Fill in the worksheet in the attachment as instructed, reducing photo file size as necessary. You only need to submit the worksheet portion (i.e., pg. 3) of the attached version of this assignment. Do not upload a document that exceeds 20MB. You must ensure that your assignment is processed through the system or it will not be able to be graded. If you are concerned that your assignment has not uploaded properly, immediately email your TA.

Grading Rubric
For a full breakdown of credit and partial credit for this rubric see this link: Assignment 3 Rubric(1).JPG .

Item

Max. Points

Trait 1

Photo/Screenshot

4

Subject (A)

1

Place/Time (B)

1

Relation of trait to photo subject (C)

7

Trait 2

Photo

4

Subject (A)

1

Place/Time (B)

1

Relation of trait to photo subject (C)

7

Trait 3

Photo

4

Subject (A)

1

Place/Time (B)

1

Relation of trait to photo subject (C)

7

Clarity/Organization

1

Rubric
Some Rubric (1)

Some Rubric (1)

CRITERIA RATINGS PTS
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeTrait 1. Photo with description and date

6.0 pts
Full Marks

3.0 pts
Information missing

0.0 pts
No Marks

6.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeTrait 1 relation to subject

7.0 pts
Full Marks

4.0 pts
Attempt at relation

0.0 pts
No Marks

7.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeTrait 2. Photo with description and date

6.0 pts
Full Marks

3.0 pts
Information missing

0.0 pts
No Marks

6.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeTrait 2 relation to subject

7.0 pts
Full Marks

4.0 pts
Attempt at relation

0.0 pts
No Marks

7.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeTrait 3. Photo with description and date

6.0 pts
Full Marks

3.0 pts
Information missing

0.0 pts
No Marks

6.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeTrait 3 relation to subject

7.0 pts
Full Marks

4.0 pts
Attempt at relation

0.0 pts
No Marks

7.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeClarity

1.0 pts
Full Marks

0.0 pts
No Marks

1.0 pts

Total Points: 40.0

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