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Introduction to
Prehistoric Archaeology

Section 1
Spring 1997

9-9:30AM -- Monday, Wednesday, and Friday -- KT 244

Goals / Texts / Exams / Paper / Grading / Readings / Office Hours


Course Goals:

P200 is an introductory course in prehistoric archaeology. My goal is to provide you with a basic understanding of the discipline of archaeology in terms of its research approaches, tools, and discoveries. We will explore a wide range of archaeological topics from King Nebonidus' first excavations in the sixth century BC to the use of today's space shuttle technology. A successful student will acquire sufficient knowledge to evaluate the presentation of archaeological discoveries by the media, museums, and lay public.



Any other readings will be placed on reserve at the Helmke Library. (Such readings will be supplemental and listed below or announced in class.)

There will be four exams, each worth 100 points.The non-makeup exams are non-comprehensive and follow a multiple choice/matching/true-false format. You will be tested over lectures, readings, and in-class films/videos. Questions will be selected from the significant points presented in each. Class attendance is not mandatory, but it would be a very good adaptive response to attend all lectures. An example of one of my multiple choice/matching/true-false tests is on reserve at the library under P200.

There will be one unscheduled quiz consisting of one question that will be given at some random time during the session (10 pts). It will not count towards the final total possible points, but will be added as a bonus to your total as an adjustment for "borderline" grades.

Makeup exams are discouraged. If you need to make up an exam you must schedule it with me within 24 hours of the actual exam time. Your failure to promptly contact me will only allow more time to make the exam "more challenging". All makeup exams will consist solely of essay questions. If you fail to make arrangements for a makeup exam within one week of the original exam date, I will be forced to give you a zero (0) score for that exam.

Paper Paper:
You will be given a small "research assignment" which you will be able to complete using a simulation program provided by the instructor and available over the web. You will write a two page paper on the results of this simulation. This will be a "practical" application of archaeological sampling. You may complete this assignment at home (if you have a personal Internet account) or in one of IPFW's computer labs. Further details on this assignment will be provided in class or on this web page. (50 points)
Grading Grading:
You will be graded on a 450 point scale. The grade scale will be: A=450-405; B=404-360; C=359-315; D=314-270; and F=269-0. The total points earned from your scheduled exams, paper, and your score on the unscheduled quiz will be added together to determine your final grade. Individual exams are "curved" to maintain, minimally, a 75% class average.

Assignments and Readings:

Jan 12-16 21-23
Jan 19 No Class
What is Archaeology? Greene:Chapt. 1
Fagan:Preface, Introduction, Chapt. 1
Feb 2-6 Finding Sites Greene:Chapt. 2
Fagan:Chapt. 6
Feb 9-13 Recovering Material Greene:Chapt. 3
Feb 16 Exam 1
Feb 18-27 Chronology Greene:Chapt. 4
Mar 2-4 Multidisciplinary Approaches I Greene:Chapt. 5
Paper* due (4th)
Mar 6 Exam 2
Mar 9-13 Spring Break
Mar 16-20 Multidisciplinary Approaches II Fagan:Chapt. 10
Mar 20 Last day to Withdraw
Mar 23-Apr 1 Multidisciplinary Approaches III
Apr 3-15 Archaeological Explanation Greene:Chapt. 6
Fagan:Chapt. 13
Apr 17 Exam 3
Apr 20-24 Case Studies I Fagan:Chapts. 2, 3, 4
Apr 27-May 1 Case Studies II Fagan:Chapts. 7, 8, 9
May 4 Final Exam 8-10am KT244

Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays 8-9am 3:30-4:30pm
Other Times By Appointment

CM 221 : 260-481-6676

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