W4 Reflection Post

“The Hearth” was a video that explained the archaeological study of the four locations Ceren, Copan, Teotihuacan, and Rome. As for similarities and differences, I feel as though two houses are similar in many ways, but the others are different. The Ceren and Copan are similar layouts. The Ceren are very small unlike other places and there were many pieces of pottery found. There was a volcano that erupted and this allowed the preservation of many artifacts in Ceren. The volcano even allowed the pottery mentioned previously to be preserved. As i was saying earlier, Ceren and Copan are rather similar when it comes to households. There is a main patio, which is then surrounded by other buildings such as a storage for food. The volcano allowed the preservation of these food storages and it allows us to study what these people ate. Then the other buildings were for sleeping depending on the amount of people in the family. With in these similarities there were differences as well. The Copan had many artifacts of pottery and houses. As i said before there were sleeping buildings for the people there. It is said that Copan had extended families and other families living with the in order to live life easier.

The Teotihuacan were different as they were much more populated as they have around 3000 buildings that held up to one hundred people. These houses had many kitchens and bedrooms. There are many artifacts recovered from the area. The main difference was also that there were no extended families here it was more of a lineaged living. Some families grew faster than others and some were richer than others so it wasn’t very even. If you were old enough you would help with the pottery.

So now we move on to the Rome households. The Rome houses were massive compared to the three other hearths.  They had many halls for eating and many shops would be connected to houses. The thing was that they were very out there, you could say. They had many decorations in order to impress people as they visited. This also explains why there were many dining rooms as it was to show off. As you may expect the families of these people were not very close and fairly small. This hearth supplied the city not just themselves, which was very important as it was different from the rest of the hearths.  These also had volcanic ash to preserve the artifacts and help archaeologists interpret.

I feel as though it is important to look closer at the artifacts and why they were placed in certain areas. Some were under the patios while others were just randomly placed. It also interests me the way this culture worked. Did they have any rituals in place that we should study?

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