ANTH 140 Introduction
MWF 11:00-11:50 HIRC 9
Dr. Renee B. Walker,
Fitzelle 312, x3346, Office Hours: M-Th 2-3 pm
Archaeology is the study of ancient human cultures using material remains
to reconstruct past lifeways. These cultures are studied using the approaches,
theories, and techniques of archaeology. In this introduction to archaeology,
we will examine three aspects of the subject. First, the history, methods and
theories of archaeology will be discussed. Second, we will look at the
prehistory of the Old World, where culture evolved and developed. Finally, we
will outline the prehistory of the New World, where Native Americans developed
complex civilizations that paralleled those of the Old World. At the end of the
course, students will have a deeper understanding of their own past and how we
have come to know about it through the application of the scientific method.
This course satisfies the social sciences (S2) general education attribute
for the General Education 2000 requirements
for students admitted on or after the Fall 2000 semester.
Your grade is based on your performance on three examinations: two midterm
exams and one final exam (each worth 100 points). The exams will be short
answer and essay. Each test covers lecture, film, discussion, laboratory and
reading materials assigned or presented since the last test. Thus, none of the
examinations are comprehensive.
You will also have one written assignment, which will be a 4-6 page paper
on an appropriate topic of your choosing (cleared by myself) concerning some
aspect of archaeology. This assignment will be worth the same as an exam grade
(100 points) and will be due on May 2.
I will be happy to review early drafts or outlines.
Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class and, though not
mandatory, will be used to assess final grades. For example, if a student
attends all classes and participates, but has a borderline grade, that grade
will probably be raised in that students favor.
You are expected to participate fully in class, which includes
regular class attendance, keeping current with assigned readings, and
participation in class discussions. Much of the course material is not in the
textbook and only in class lectures. Attendance will be taken each class
meeting. Late assignments and make-up exams will require proof of absence (such
as a doctor’s excuse).
There will also be six laboratory activities scheduled during the semester
where attendance is mandatory. These activities will be in my office, Fitzelle
312, where you will have the opportunity to work with archaeological artifacts
and analytical materials. Readings pertaining to these activities will be made
available to you at the beginning of the semester and should be completed
before the lab.
D.T. and Gary M. Feinman Images of the Past, 3rd edition,
Readings for laboratory activities.