Old World Archaeology

MWF 10-10:50 FITZ 309
Instructor: Dr. Renee B. Walker
Office: 312 Fitzelle Hall
Office Hours: MW 2-4 pm
Phone: x3346
Email: email me

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Course Description

This course is a survey of human prehistory in the Old World (Africa, Asia, and Europe) from the beginnings of stone-tool culture in Africa 2.5 million years ago through the development of complex societies during the past 6,000 years. In particular, this course focuses on the relationships between prehistoric humans and their environments, the aspects of culture that distinguish each area, and the origins of and explanations for sedentism, food production, and complex society in the Old World. Prerequisite: ANTH 140.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will

Grading

Your grade will be based on a total of three exams (two midterm and one final), each worth 100 points.  These exams will be non-cumulative, and will consist of multiple choice and short essay questions.  You will also be graded on one oral presentation (10-20 minutes) worth 50 points, which will include a 2-3 page written summary worth 50 points (including bibliography) of your presentation on a topic in Old World Archaeology.  You will also get credit (40 points) for participating in class discussions. Finally, you will complete 2 movie summaries.  These summaries are each worth 30 points, will be 300-400 words in length, and include a reference that relates to the topic of the movie.

Assignment

Points

Total

Three Exams

100

300

Movie Summaries

30

60

Oral Presentation

50

50

Presentation summary 50 50
Participation 40 40

Total

 

500

 

470 - 500 points =

A

400 - 419 points =

B-

335 - 349 points =

D+

450 - 469 points =

A-

385 - 399 points =

C+

320 - 334 points =

D

435 - 449 points =

B+

370 - 384 points =

C

300 - 319 points =

D-

420 - 434 points =

B

350 - 369 points =

C-

0 Ė 299 points =

E

Class Participation

You are expected to participate with regular class attendance, keeping current on all reading assignments, and active involvement is class discussions. 

Reading Materials

2005 Scarre, Chris (editor) The Human Past.  Thames and Hudson, London.

Other readings on Electronic Reserve.  Hunt, Patrick. (2007) Ten Discoveries that Rewrote History

All readings should be completed before the class in which they will be discussed.

Classroom Etiquette 

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