Americas to 1500

This week will explore issues and content relating to the History of Architecture and Urbanism in the Americas to 1500.

Participation Prompt 3:  

This week we explored architecture and urbanism of pre-contact Americas.  Specifically, we explored the importance of how space was utilized by Indigenous Americans for various social and political purposes. This week, we are going to explore these concepts furthers by exploring the importance of maps in colonial Yucatán. By relying on Solari and Barteet’s analyses of Yucatecan maps, consider how the Maya maintained their cultural practices well into the colonial period. [as there are two articles this week you may increase word count to 350 words max.]

Please note, any content noted as optional, is just that optional materials available for your research interests and general knowledge. This includes scholarly texts, podcasts, blogs, etc.  

[[[[[[[[PLEASE note “required reading 2.” is the professor of this course]]]]] PROF. BARTEET

Required Readings for Forum Assignment: 

  1. Amara L. Solari, “Circles of Creation: The Invention of Maya Cartography in Early Colonial Yucatán.” The Art Bulletin 92, no.3 (September 2010): 154-168.
  2. C. Cody Barteet, “The Títulos de Ebtún, Yucatan, Mexico: Mapping Maya Communal Identity in a Colonial Spanish Notarial Context.” Imago Mundi: The International Journal for the History of Cartography 67, no. 2 (2015): 179-199.

Additional Resources and Optional Materials: Readings

Useful Links or Articles:

  1. 3D Models from Mesoamerica, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology (Harvard):
  2. Chichén Itzá, 3d Model:
  3. Nielsen, Jesper. “The Memory of Stones: Ancient Maya Spolia in the Architecture of Early Colonial Yucatan.” The PARI Journal 20, no. 3 (2020): 1-15.  – AVAIL PDF

Additional Resources and Optional Materials: Readings

  1. Dr. Katherine T. Brown, “Fort Ancient Culture: Great Serpent Mound,” in Smarthistory, August 9, 2015, accessed February 5, 2022, 
  2. Dr. Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank, “Map of Cholula, from the relaciones geográficas,” in Smarthistory, January 22, 2021, accessed February 5, 2022,
  3. Dr. Sarahh Scher, “Machu Picchu,” in Smarthistory, August 9, 2015, accessed February 5, 2022,
  4. Jayne Yantz, “Nasca Geoglyphs,” in Smarthistory, October 1, 2016, accessed February 5, 2022,

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