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Cornell University    
 
    
 
  Jan 23, 2018
 
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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ANTHR 7250 - Time and History in Ancient Mexico

(crosslisted) ARKEO 7250 , LATA 7250  
     
Spring. 4 credits. Student option grading.

Co-meets with ANTHR 4256 /ARKEO 4256 /LATA 4250 .

J. Henderson.

Explores the ways Mesoamericans understood the world and their place in it, and the ways they constructed history as these are reflected in the few books that have survived from the period before the European invasion. Examines the structure of writing and systems of notation, especially calendars, and considers their potential for illuminating Mesoamerican world views and approaches to history.  Primary focus is detailed analysis of five precolumbian books: Codex Borgia, a central Mexican manual of divinatory ritual; Codex Boturini, a history of migration in central Mexico; Codex Nuttall, a Mixtec dynastic history; and two Maya books of astrology and divination, Codex Dresden and Codex Madrid.



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