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New Worlds [electronic resource]

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Explores the Age of Discovery and provides evidence that cultures, like biological species, have evolved independently and globally. Reveals a broad range of cultures from the vast empires of the Aztecs and Incas to roving bands of hunter-gatherers.
Online
1993
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Artisans and Traders [electronic resource]

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Explores the link between economic and cultural evolution. Examines the contrast between the simple divisions of labor in earliest civilization with the increasing job specialization and economic interdependence of today's culture, causing a continual restructuring of society.
Online
1993
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Signs and Symbols [electronic resource]

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Compares the signs and symbols of ancient scripts to the status symbols used in modern culture. Archaeologists use ancient and modern examples to reconstruct and decipher the meaning of the symbols they find.
Online
1993
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Power, Prestige, and Wealth [electronic resource]

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Postulates how and why powerful groups or individuals have managed to control vast holdings from ancient times to the present day. Examines the different methods archaeologists use to study how rulers gain and keep power.
Online
1993
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Realms [electronic resource]

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Explores the internal workings of societies and their external relations by looking at marriage, alliances, trade and warfare. Examines how archaeologists determine this information by trying to reconstruct geographic borders for ancient civilizations.
Online
1993
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The Spirit World [electronic resource]

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To distinguish religious meanings, examines ritual behavior and sacred spaces and objects in archaeological and ethnographic settings. Explores present-day, traditional societies to show the complexity of spiritual life and the limits and possibilities of archaeological reconstruction.
Online
1993
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Collapse [electronic resource]

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Examines the reasons behind the decline of various civilizations throughout history. Explores the collapse of the Sumerian and Mayan civlizations as well as the fall of the Roman Empire. Also discusses how overpopulation and over-exploitation of resources contributed to the collapse of Copan and looks at similar problems that confront society today.
Online
1993
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The Hearth [electronic resource]

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Examines how enculturation and economic cooperation have shaped the homes and families of people, past and present. Reveals remains of houses at archaeological sites and shows footage of family life in traditional cultures to provide a glimpse into what family life must have been like.
Online
1993