Anthropology 3164/5164 TA: Charlotte Winters
Spring 2005 TA Office Hours:
Prof. Michael Moseley Tues & Thurs, per 4
THE INCA AND THEIR ANCESTORS:
THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF ANDEAN SOUTH AMERICA
Drawing upon archaeological, historical, and ethnological sources, this course examines the economic, social, and political evolution of TAHUANTINSUYU, or "The Land of The Four Quarters" as the Inca called their vast imperial realm.
Embracing the rugged Andean Mountains, the parched Atacama Desert, and fringes of the Amazon Jungle, the Inca Imperium was the very largest empire of antiquity ever to arise in the Western Hemisphere. The Inca's many unique adaptations to unusual environmental conditions, as well as the empire's fascinating political institutions will be traced back in archaeological time through a rich succession of earlier dynasties and polities to primordial times when people first
populated South America.
I encourage you to check the course website often for any updates and announcements.
Please note that this address is case sensitive. The course website will provide important information pertaining to the course and will be updated throughout the semester. The syllabus and any updates to it, a list of terms to know for the semester, term paper requirements, homework assignments, study material, and course announcements will all be found on the website. After the midterm, grades will be posted here as well.
Allen The Hold Life Has, 1983 paperback (there is a newer edition out, either is fine)
Cobo History of the Inca Empire, 1983 paperback
Moseley The Incas and Their Ancestors, 2001 paperback (be sure to get the 2001 edition)
quizzes, homework, and attendance = 15%
midterm examination = 25%
term paper = 25%
take‑home final examination = 35%
This syllabus is subject to change. Any changes will be updated on the course website.
There are four opportunities to complete a homework involving interactive web pages about different topics in Andean archaeology. Choose one to hand in on the date indicated on the syllabus. No extra credit will be given for additional ones though I encourage everyone to check the other sites out. You may print out each assignment from the course website.
(This syllabus is subject to change. Updates to the syllabus will be noted in class and/or posted
on the course website at http://web.clas.ufl.edu/users/moseley/incaonline/Inca.html)
Lectures: Introduction, Geography
Moseley begin chapters 1 2
Cobo Foreword, Introduction, begin Book I
Moseley finish chapters 1 2
Cobo finish Book I
Allen begin reading
Other: 1st Geography Quiz
Week 3: Jan 18 & 20
Lectures: Spanish Conquest, Andean Cosmology
Moseley begin chapter 3
Cobo Book II
Allen continue reading
Other: 2nd Geography Quiz
Moseley finish chapter 3
Allen finish reading
Other: 3rd Geography Quiz
Lectures: Social Organization, Inca Statecraft
Reading: Cobo finish Book II
Reading Quiz (over Allen, Cobo, Moseley chapters 1‑3)
Turn in term paper topic no later than February 3.
Lectures: Lithic Period
Reading: Moseley chapter 4
Other: 1st web assignment opportunity, due February 10 (on both websites below):
"Andes Expedition: Searching for Inca Secrets"
Ice Mummies of the Inca
Lectures: Preceramic Period
Reading: Moseley begin chapter 5
Other: 2nd web assignment opportunity, due February 17
"Preceramic Society in the Central Andean Highlands"
Lectures: Preceramic Period
Reading: Moseley finish chapter 5
Week 10: Mar 8 & 10
Lectures: Initial Period and the Origins of Agriculture
Reading: Moseley begin chapter 6
Other: Preliminary bibliography due by March 10
Lectures: Early Horizon, Chavin
Reading: Moseley finish chapter 6
Other: 3rd web assignment opportunity, due March 17
"Exploring Chavνn de Huantar"
Lectures: Early Intermediate Period (Nazca and Social Complexity)
Reading: Moseley begin chapter 7
Other: 4th web assignment opportunity, due March 24
Harvard Khipu Database Project
Lectures: Early Intermediate Period and the Middle Horizon (Moche)
Reading: finish chapter 7, chapter 8 pages 223-230
Lectures: The Middle Horizon (Huari and Tiwanaku)
Reading: Moseley - chapter 8 pages 230‑244
Lectures: Late Intermediate Period
Reading: Moseley chapter 9
Week 16: Apr 19
Last day of class
Term papers due!
Take‑home Final exam passed out, due April 25
Turn in Final Exam by 3pm
A copy of the syllabus is located at