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Anthropology 300C

INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY

Spring 2001 Instructor: Jon Muller Time: MWF 10:00 AM Place: Faner 3515

TEXT: Brian Fagan, In the Beginning, 10th Ed.

Read Fagan, chapters

WEEK

READ BY

TOPIC

ASSIGNMENT

I.

17 Jan

Introduction

1, 2, 3

II.

22 Jan.

Science

5

III.

29 Jan.

Basic Concepts

4, 6

IV.

5 Feb.

Archaeology

18

V.

12 Feb.

"Relative" Time

7

VI.

19. Feb.

"Absolute" Time

7

21 Feb. 2001

EXAM!

VII.

26 Feb.

Facts & Data

6, 10

VIII.

5 Mar

Analysis

11, 12, 13

10-18 March

Spring Break

X.

26 Mar.

Lifeways

13, 14

XI.

2 Apr.

Lifeways

15, 16

XII.

9. Apr.

Lifeways

17

XIII.

16. Apr.

Processual, Postprocessual, et al.

18

10:00 AM

23 Apr. 01

Papers Due

No Late Papers!

XIV.

23. Apr.

CRM

19, 20

XV.

30 Apr.

World Archaeology

none

XVI.

Week of 7 May

FINAL Exams

Version of 01/17/01

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PAPER ASSIGNMENT

Anthropology 300C

Spring 2001

Topic: Review Essay of a Site Report

Explanation of Topic: You will need to choose a geographic area or region that you are interested in. Then you should begin reading general sources on the area. I suggest starting with Brian Fagan's book People of the Earth or some similar world or regional archaeology book to help you choose an area, or to get some beginning background and bibliography for an area. After beginning to learn something about your area, then you will need to choose a specific site report. Finally, you will write a critical (this does not mean negative) review essay on the site report. Of course, you will need to background research your area in order to to do the review.

Due Dates:

Area Choice: Monday 29 January

Turn in a sheet of paper with your choice of geographic area or region with a list of at least 3 papers or books on that area. This needs to be approved by me, and I will give you additional sources and/or advice on how to proceed.

Choice of Report for Review: 12 February

After approval of your area, you continue reading up on the area to narrow down to, and choose, one specific site report from this area. On a sheet of paper, give the bibliographic reference to the report in American Antiquity style and a short statement of why you think the report would be a suitable candidate for a critical review essay. I will approve (or not) this report as your topic. You must have approval of the report.

Review Essay Due: »23 April 2001«

The completed review essay is due at the beginning of class. Late papers will be penalized at a rate of one grade letter for each day that the paper is late, starting after the beginning of class (10:00:00 AM) on 23 April.

Mechanics: The paper should be about 5-10+ typed or printed, double-spaced pages, or equivalent. I will not accept a handwritten paper unless you have my approval ahead of time. You will be graded on grammar, etc.; but the key element of your grade will be the content.

Important:

You must follow this outline below for your review. Use the Roman numeral items as actual headings in your paper:

O U T L I N E

I. Introduction (to the problems investigated in the report)

Discuss the general nature of the issues and tell what the author was trying to do.

[Do NOT fill the paper up with vague, general discussion or introduction resulting from your background reading and do NOT make the paper a summary of area archaeology!]

II. Literature (of other literature relevant to the report you are critiquing.)

[essentially a brief discussion with a bibliographic references. Put the report into its context]

III. The Problem (detailed discussion of the specific problem(s) raised by the author of the report)

A. The author's problem(s) to investigate

B. Implications of the problem as seen by the author of the report

C. Discussion and critique of what YOU see as the nature and so on of this problem

1) Is it an appropriate problem?

2) Does the report adequately address the problems? Discuss.

IV. The Data

A. What kinds of data did the author need (or think he/she needed?)

B. Was the project successful in obtaining the needed data?

C. Were the data adequate to solve the problem, settle the issues?

V. Conclusions

[ What do you think of the report? What should have been done differently?]

VII. Bibliography

For all references cited in the text, use the format of citation in the text by name and date &emdash;as in (Smith 1986:45). Do not use footnotes or endnotes in your paper. In references cited at the end of the paper use the format of American Antiquity [see issues in the library]. This is the standard bibliographic form for archaeology.


- e.g.,

de Soto, Hernando

1540 The Barbacoa in the Southeast. Journal of Conquest and Exploitation 12: 201-228.

[That is, Vol. 12, pages 201-228;]

Powhatan, Oceogh

1618 English Colonial Policies and the Indian Republican Army. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K.

Historius, Wilbur

1995 De Soto Went My Way, Nyah, Nyah! In Conquistadors and Interstates, edited by C. Dodge, pp. 20-21. University of Confederacy Press, Richmond, Virginia.


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