Military Tents Shelters
Provo, Utah: Maxwell InstituteThe Expressed views in this article Are the views of the author and do Not Necessarily Represent the position of the Maxwell Institute, Brigham Young University, or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The references to the use of shops in the Book of Mormn legtimamente makes us wonder if there are ancient sources that document their existence in Mesoamrica1. The first evidence comes from historical documents written about the era of the Spanish conquest of 1521, ie more than a thousand years later it disappeared the Nephite civilization. They indicate that different types of stores and similar structures were in common use among the Aztec armies, and when the Spaniards saw them, immediately called "stores. " The History of the Indies of New Espaae Terra Firma Islands, Diego Durn, a key story of the Aztec customs of war, described in detail shops. Durn mentioned at least five types of military shelter, some of which were called "tents" by the Spaniards:. - Huts (a word nahutl xahcalli), which were a kind of cabins, some of which are pruned disassembled and transported, not known for sure in qu differed from the huts; quiz These latest Hacan weed is from the field, while the huts may have been made from mat or mats;. -Shops, perhaps of material, if we consider the sense that it is usually given to this word in Spanish, some were good enough to give shelter to the controls;. -Houses of backpacks, mats, they were cheap, light and portable, are pruned to combine, for example, use spears of the soldiers as simple shops;. This variety of military shelters should not surprise us, because as long as armies exist, also must be the equivalent of the stores. The shape of the rod shops according cultures, as well as the materials and give them names. Although most abundant evidence of use of shops in Mesoamerica, with military tents shelters PURPOSE, postdate the Book of Mormn little, even as pointing to the existence of a cultural model much earlier on the their use in that area. Shelters also were used as the Aztec soldiers in many parts of Mesoamerica well before the era of the conquest. In the Motul dictionary, a sixteenth century work that sheds light, crucially, on the Yucatec Maya language and culture pre-Hispanic, defined pazel hut as a shop or for use in the field or as a small thatched shelter. Mesoamerican farmers have long been making extensive use of such construction. For example, Zoques Chimalapa Santa Mara, who live on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, kids still build huts of palm leaves and grass in which they sleep during the PERIOD in working in remote fields their homes. If the Aztecs had sufficient capacity to Perger military tents shelters for their soldiers in the field, it is reasonable to assume that their Mesoamerican predecessors could have solved the same problem in a similar way for thousands of years of wars. In addition, it is perfectly feasible that the Aztecs, great imitators of other cultures, who fought or had military tents shelters garrisons in many parts of Mesoamerica, take the idea of ??using war stores of local culture for hundreds of years atr s. It is clear that, in principle, it is impossible to detect the use of archaeological stores, especially if it was temporary and makeshift military tents shelters made of brush or grass, for two thousand years. Until the archaeologist resolve this problem, it is sensible to accept the Book of Mormn as documentary evidence of the existence of shops on the first century BC on an equal footing with the testimony of other Durny century d. XVI C. . . .