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What is a large area of different groups of people controlled by one ruler or government.
empire
What is an amount greater than waht is needed.
surplus
What means to spend most of one's time doing one kind of job.
Specialize
In whose honor had the Aztec planned their city?
the sun and their gods
What elements make a culture a civilization?
complex systems of government
education
religion
large populations of people
In what area did the Aztec civilization form?
the area that is now Mexico
Name 3 words that came from the Aztec language.
chocolate , avocado, Mexico
What is another name for the Mound Builders?
Mississippians
What was the purpose of the first mounds that were built?
to bury the dead
What is the practice of owning people and forcing them to work.
slavery
Who invented the idea of the number zero?
The Maya
Where was the largest mound built?
What is its name?
in an area near Cincinnati, Ohio:
Great Serpent Mound
What states meet in the Four Corners?
Colorado , Utah, Arizona, New Mexico
What is an object left behind by people who lived long ago.
artifact
Why have traces of Anasazi life ben preserved in the Southwest?
because the dry climate there has kept them from decay
What is a long period with very little rainfall.
drought
What is an underground room usually used by Native American men for religious ceremonies
Kiva
What is a period of 10 years.
decade
Where was the Inca empire located?
the Andes Mountains in South America
Name 2 civilizations that gained power after the Maya.
Inca and Aztec
What did the maya develop before most other people in the Western Hemisphere?
an advanced form of writing
What stands for time after the birth of Christ.
A.D.
? is a scientist who looks for and studies evidence from long ago.
archaeologist
What stands for time before Christ.
B.C.
What is a period of 100 years
century
What is a culture that has developed complex systems of government, education, and religion.
civilization
What is a method by which water is brought into dry areas.
Irrigation
What is a diagram of a series of events in time.
time line