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Erasing Identity: How Prosecutor V. Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi Failed To Acknowledge The Destruction Of Timbuktu’S Cultural Heritage As A Case Of Iconoclasm, Natalia Philatova Jan 2019

Erasing Identity: How Prosecutor V. Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi Failed To Acknowledge The Destruction Of Timbuktu’S Cultural Heritage As A Case Of Iconoclasm, Natalia Philatova

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis investigates and highlights the disjunction that is present between the art community and the international legal community when it comes to the protection of cultural heritage from destruction during armed conflict. Due to ongoing conflicts in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq, discussions on preservation are once again getting media attention, and it is paramount to review existing methods and procedures that could be used to prosecute those responsible for the destruction of cultural heritage during armed conflict. This thesis will first outline the prevalence of iconoclasm throughout centuries as a war strategy and the implications that iconoclastic acts carry ...


Myth, Power, And The Other: The Shared Rhetoric Of Empire Between The Classical Mediterranean And Victorian Britain, Cara Redalen Jan 2019

Myth, Power, And The Other: The Shared Rhetoric Of Empire Between The Classical Mediterranean And Victorian Britain, Cara Redalen

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis traces the continuity of rhetoric concerning empire from ancient Greece, to Rome, and to Victorian Britain. Through examining theory, literature, and visual arts, this thesis will unpack both ancient and Victorian forms of representation and rhetoric. It charts the development of these forms of representation across centuries, exposing a persistence of thought and ultimately arguing for the force of this rhetorical tradition for defining societal status and bolstering imperial power. The thesis is divided into two main areas of focus: The Creation of the Other and Myth. The Creation of the Other section examines literature to demonstrate how ...


Fragments Of Identity: A Study Of Ceramic Figurines From The Terminal Formative Period In The Lower Río Verde Valley, Oaxaca, Mexico, Rachael Wedemeyer Jan 2018

Fragments Of Identity: A Study Of Ceramic Figurines From The Terminal Formative Period In The Lower Río Verde Valley, Oaxaca, Mexico, Rachael Wedemeyer

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis is a descriptive study of 143 ceramic figurines from two different sites in the Coastal region of Oaxaca, Mexico, occupied during the Terminal Formative period (150BC-AD250). The site of Río Viejo operated as a large ceremonial center in the Lower Río Verde Valley during the Terminal Formative Period and attracted people from surrounding communities during large-scale rituals (Barber & Joyce 2015; Joyce 2016). The second site, Cerro de la Virgen, was a contemporary hilltop community in the region (Joyce et al. 2013). By studying ceramic figurines from two sites in this period, regional patterns can be discerned.

Studying the aesthetics, uses ...


Children Of The Maize: An Exploration Of Drought, Warfare, Migration And Puebloan Philosophy In The Thirteenth Century Mesa Verde Region, Claudia M. Escue Jan 2017

Children Of The Maize: An Exploration Of Drought, Warfare, Migration And Puebloan Philosophy In The Thirteenth Century Mesa Verde Region, Claudia M. Escue

Undergraduate Honors Theses

The late thirteenth century saw a mega drought that covered the western half of North America. Of the many affected societies, the ancestral Puebloans of the Mesa Verde region are perhaps the most well-known because of their mass migration out of their ancestral home at the end of the century. In this thesis, I analyze the factors that led to this mass migration through data from five separate communities that were affected by these drought conditions. I compare evidence from the pueblos of Sand Canyon, Goodman Point, Woods Canyon, Castle Rock, and, the most recently excavated, Cowboy Wash and find ...


The Denver Museum Of Nature And Science And The Denver Art Museum: A Comparative Study Of Repatriation, Natalie R. Rudd Jan 2017

The Denver Museum Of Nature And Science And The Denver Art Museum: A Comparative Study Of Repatriation, Natalie R. Rudd

Undergraduate Honors Theses

In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, anthropologists, archaeologists, and hobbyists removed over 200,000 human bodies and 1 million of Native American cultural items, including sacred objects, and burial objects, from Indigenous village and burial sites. The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) was enacted in 1990 to address and redress this human rights issue. NAGPRA requires all U.S. museums that receive federal government financial support to inventory their collections, consult with tribal nations, and return all materials that meet NAGPRA criteria, including sacred objects, burial objects, human remains, and objects of cultural patrimony to their ...


History Influencing History: Changing Perceptions Of The Starving Time At Jamestown, Kelsey Fenske May 2016

History Influencing History: Changing Perceptions Of The Starving Time At Jamestown, Kelsey Fenske

Undergraduate Honors Theses

The Starving Time is a fascinating period in American history, and the subject of substantial research for over a century. This paper closely examines twenty-four scholarly works that attempt to understand this period and place it in its proper context. The widespread fascination with the Starving Time stems from Jamestown’s importance in the history of the United States as the first permanent English settlement in America. Upon first glance, famine is not something that is usually associated with success, though. So it is intriguing that many Americans accept that the early years of what would become the United States ...


Merging Social And Natural Histories At Kiskiak: A Historical Ecology Study, Leanna Grace Richmond Apr 2016

Merging Social And Natural Histories At Kiskiak: A Historical Ecology Study, Leanna Grace Richmond

Undergraduate Honors Theses

The following paper details an analysis of archaeological materials recovered from a Native site in Tidewater Virginia. The project builds on and contributes to an ongoing effort to investigate the historical ecology of Virginia Algonquian communities who dwelled at Kiskiak, a town located along the York River that was once a political center in the Powhatan chiefdom. The primary goals of this research are twofold: to develop a tool for constructing chronology for the Kiskiak locale and to use this method as the basis for examining the interplay between settlement intensity and changing environmental conditions during the Woodland Period.


The Production Of Space: The Conception, Construction, And Contestation Of Colonial Cuzco, Hanna Le Jan 2016

The Production Of Space: The Conception, Construction, And Contestation Of Colonial Cuzco, Hanna Le

Undergraduate Honors Theses

The imperial Inca Empire (1438 to 1533), Tawantinsuyu, which spanned Panama and most of western South America, was centered in Cuzco in modern-day Peru. After Spanish occupation in 1533, Cuzco began to transition from the former Inca capital into a Spanish colonial cuidad. Thus, in post-Conquest Cuzco, urban planning embodied important cultural and political messages. The brick and mortar of Spanish colonial edifices and the spatial layout of seventeenth-century Cuzco reinforced socio-ethnic order, imperial Spanish authority, and the supremacy of Christianity. However, the city’s inhabitants, Andean native peoples and Spanish colonizers, understood the symbolic and material significance embedded in ...


Dust & Blood: Famine And Fertility In The Age Of Akhenaten, Alyssa Grace James Jan 2016

Dust & Blood: Famine And Fertility In The Age Of Akhenaten, Alyssa Grace James

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis expands on the ongoing inquiry into the unusual life of the pharaoh Akhenaten. Amongst the incongruities of his reign, the central deity known as the Aten has been one of the most elusive and heavily debated. The relationship between the pharaoh and the Aten was clearly central to much of the oddity of his reign, affecting the visual depiction of the pharaoh and the many alterations to the notion of kingship Akhenaten implemented. However, no clear understanding of Akhenaten or the Aten exists. Recent excavations at Amarna have allowed for a clearer view into these unanswered questions. It ...


Tribal Housing On The Warm Springs Indian Reservation, Marissa L. Ahern Jan 2016

Tribal Housing On The Warm Springs Indian Reservation, Marissa L. Ahern

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis uses the Warm Springs Indian Reservation of Central Oregon as the study site to create a set of guiding principles to establish successful community planning methods within Tribal communities focused on Tribal housing. I relied on (1) the history of Tribal Housing policy in the United States, (2) the history of housing on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, and (3) examples of successful Tribal planning projects on reservations within the United States, to determine the qualities needed for a successful Tribal housing development. The guiding principles are designed to serve as a model for the Confederated Tribes of ...


Bathing In Modernity: Undressing The Influences Behind Edgar Degas And Mary Cassatt's Baigneuses, Maiji Castro Jan 2016

Bathing In Modernity: Undressing The Influences Behind Edgar Degas And Mary Cassatt's Baigneuses, Maiji Castro

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis examines how the motifs used in bathing genre paintings from Greek and Roman myths to eighteenth-century eroticism are evident in the bathing series of Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt. The close professional relationship of Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt is evident in the shared themes and techniques in their work and in personal accounts from letters by each other and their contemporaries. Both Degas and Cassatt desired to move away from historical genre painting, and instead to portray the changing emotions and social constraints of modern life. However, the extensive tradition from the Aphrodite of Knidos to Ingres ...


Fashioning Identities: Sacred Presence And Social Significance In Colonial Inca Textiles, Jade Anne Gutierrez Jan 2015

Fashioning Identities: Sacred Presence And Social Significance In Colonial Inca Textiles, Jade Anne Gutierrez

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Textiles produced in the Andes at the height of the Inca rule were part of a complex social and ritualistic system in which they functioned as conduits of political power and were inherently representative of Inca social and spiritual values. Pre-Colombian garments were some of the most powerful emblems of identity. Spanish colonization brought significant changes in the manufacturing of textiles and in the basic social structure of the Andes, and the new material and social changes in textile production allowed for the creation of new types of garments that maintained their inherent significance, but created new Andean identities. This ...


Momentary Memorials: Political Posters Of The Lebanese Civil War And Hezbollah, Megan Miller Jan 2014

Momentary Memorials: Political Posters Of The Lebanese Civil War And Hezbollah, Megan Miller

Undergraduate Honors Theses

The Lebanese civil war (1975-1990) is a product of its diverse participating factions. With more than a dozen political, religious, and social parties, the streets of Lebanon became flooded with contradicting political imageries, influencing public perception of the ‘other’ and inciting military action. Their unique role in Lebanon’s political atmosphere allows such graphics to transcend mere propaganda to become physical sites of memorialization, despite their ephemerality. Posters exhibiting martyrs, political icons, and spiritual references control viewers’ field of vision and prompt their physical accumulation around the images, much like one would see at a funeral or sculptural memorial. These ...