W4 Reflection Post

This week we watched a video that went over the structures of four houses in four different locations. Ceren, El Salvador, Copan, Honduras, Teotihuacan, Mexico¬†, and Rome. Each of these locations had something specific and intriguing that made them unique and worth an archaeological glance. The first site in El Salvador was the location of¬† a house made of mud that endured being buried under the ash of a volcanic blast from Mt. St. Helens. What seemed like a bad thing turned out to be good because the ash managed to preserve the structure of this site as well as the contents within t. Pottery and other things were located at the site and too were preserved by the debris of ash that buried this El Salvador home. Teotihuacan, Mexico is the next location I wanted to discuss. What makes this location unique is the fact that it is currently buried under the lovely cornfields. Once uncovered it looked as if the homes that were here were pretty big housing multiple people. I’m more interested in how cornfields grew here and what role they played in preserving this location. Copan, Honduras was a site that once was home to members of the ancient Mayans. As we all know the Mayans were incredible architects and built ingenious structures, some of which still stand today. However the one specifically discussed in this video were kept in tact because of erosion. This is the second of these sites to have been preserved due to natural disasters. I wonder why that is honestly. Going back to the Mayan people and the brilliance in architecture, the site was one of their sleeping buildings because of the contents found within it. Sleeping bags and whatnot were found within this place and considering the fact that the Mayan people built places for specific things this was definitely one of their sleeping chambers. The last location was Rome. Rome was one of the most powerful and influential empires in the history of the world. Due to this, it is no surprise that their sites would be so well preserved. Things like wines and oils made studying this location really interesting. Merge this with what is already known about the Roman Empire and it would make sense why such items remained in flawless shape. However Rome was not build in a day and certainly was not built by those who sat in luxury. Evidence of slaves made this site interesting and what I found intriguing is that in the video the narrator said that once a slave was freed he automatically became a citizen of Rome. Now obviously of the four Rome was the best preserved and in my opinion shed the most light of the activities that took place at its site. However considering the older techniques used in this video would it be more beneficial to go over these sites again with the knowledge that we know have of stratigraphy and dating methods? It would be interesting to see what more is discovered what more can be learned if we look just beyond the surface.

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