Dr. William Baden, KT205B , 481-6202
Office Hours: M-F 8:00am-4:30pm by Appointment
The primary goal of this class is to explore Ancient
Egyptian Cultures from an anthropological perspective. This
means we want to learn to uncover how they adaptively
changed by looking at their material remains. Ultimately,
this will help us discover how we make similar changes as a
society and how these decisions define our culture.
Each student must demonstrate, through a series of written
assignments, a basic understanding of archaeological
terminologies, methodologies, and assumptions used to
understand and describe:
as they apply to Egyptian cultures dating between 3050 and
332 BC. Major topics of discussion will include
architecture, economics, social organization, technology,
and writing. You will be graded on your ability to gather
information and present concise, logical, and structured
papers on specific topics that exercises your newly acquired
knowledge of Ancient Egypt.
1987 The Egyptians. Thames and Hudson Ltd, London and New
1956 The Culture of Ancient Egypt. University of Chicago
1991 Egypt's Making: The Origins of Ancient Egypt.
Routledge, Chapman and Hall, New York.
Readings:Additional readings will be placed on reserve at
the Helmke Library.
Papers: Paper 1 - Time Machine Proposal(40 pts.)
Paper 2 - Symbolism Analysis (100 pts.)
Paper 3 - Specialized Bibliography (120 pts.)
Paper 4 - "Material Correlates" Paper based on Paper 3
Unsched - There will be one unscheduled quiz
consisting of one question that will be given at some
"random" time during the semester. It will not count
towards the final total points for your grade, but
will be added as bonus points to your total as an
adjustment for "borderline" grades. (10 pts.)
Papers:All papers should follow the citation standards of
American Antiquity (see American Antiquity 1992
57(4):749-770). All papers are due at the beginning
of the due date's class session. Grades on any paper
turned in late will be reduced in points by 20% of the
maximum possible grade (e.g. an 80 point paper will
lose 16 points). No paper will be accepted more than
one week late. All papers should be analyzed by a
spelling checker and a grammar checker (both available
on the student PC's) prior to turning them in.
Grading:You will be graded on a 400 point-maximum scale.
The grade scale will minimally be A = 400-360; B =
359-320; C = 319-280; D = 279-240; F = 239-0. The
total points earned from your papers plus your score
on the unscheduled quiz will be used to determine your
Aug 24/26: Introduction and Environment
Wilson : Chapter 1
Aldred : Chapters 2 & 3
Aug 31: Chronology
Aldred : Introduction
Sep 2: Paper 1 due
Sep 7/9: Origins
Rice: Chapter 2
Maisels : (on reserve)
Sep 14/16: Origins
Wilson: Chapter 3
Sep 21/23: Religion
Aldred: Chapter 2
Sep 28/30: Symbolism/Writing
Oct 5: Symbolism/Writing
Oct 7: No Class
Oct 12: Architecture
Oct 14: Paper 2 due
Oct 19/21: No Class - ?Maybe?
Oct 26/28: Architecture
*Last day to withdraw - Oct 27
Nov 2: Paper 3 due
Nov 4: Lifeways
Aldred: Chapter 14
Nov 9/11: Lifeways
Aldred: Chapter 8:112-119
Nov 16/18: Culture Process
Nov 23: Culture Process
Nov 30/Dec 2:Culture Process
Rice: Chapter 4
Dec 7/9: Culture Process
Dec 10: Paper 4 due (by 4 PM)
Dec 16: Final Exam Date; 1-3 PM; No exam planned
There will not be any class October 7th and the week of
October 18-22. In the event that bad weather prevents me
from teaching class (even though IPFW has not officially
closed), you will be responsible for using that "free" time
period for readings and paper preparation. To check in
advance on suspect days, call either the Sociology-
Anthropology Office (481-6842) or Computing & Data
Processing Service's Help Desk (481-6030).
1920 Herodotus, with an English translation. Book II,
1990The Emergence of Civilization. Chapter 7: Theories
of the State.
1979Systems Collapse as Social Transformation:
Catastrophe and Anastrophe in Early State Societies.
"A Proposal for a Temporal Expeditionary Excursion"
Due Date: September 2, 1993
Goal:Present a proposal for a "time travel" excursion to the
reign of Tutankhamun. The proposal should include a
section defining a single goal of this mission,
descriptions of three interdisciplinary specialists
that will accompany you, and a section on the
implementation of your research strategy. Your goal
statement must address your travel destination in terms
of time and space (when and where are you going). It
must clearly state what single aspect of this period
will be studied. The three specialist descriptions
should specify the skills and perspectives each person
will bring to the team. It should be clear why you
selected the disciplines and how their knowledge will
contribute to your goal. Your implementation section
should outline the types of observations you will be
making, who will be making them, and what kinds of
material you will be bringing back (if appropriate).
It should include a time schedule that allocates time
for fact-finding activity.
You can assume that you have one year to complete your
work, enough food for the duration of the project, and
understanding of the period's written and spoken
language. Concentrate your proposal on how you would
gather information. Your role in this project will be
to coordinate and organize the process of gathering and
interpreting the information. Use your textbooks to
help you specify the characteristics of this time
Grading: 1)Grammar and Readability: Your paper should be
"readable" with accurate spellings. Its
presentation should be clean with identifiable
sections. You should follow American Antiquity
format for citing and listing your references
(examples are available). Footnotes and endnotes
are not acceptable. (15 points)
2) Content: This paper should address each of the
specifications outlined above. You should be able
to give this paper to another class member and he
or she should be able to "carry out" your proposal.
The paper should be 3-4 typed, double spaced pages. The
paper is due no later than 1:45 PM September 2, 1993. Late
penalties are described in the course syllabus. Make a
personal copy of your paper prior to turning it in.
Copyright 1993 William W. Baden as to this syllabus and all lectures.
Students are prohibited from selling (or being paid for taking) notes
during this course to or by any person or commercial firm without the
express written permission of the professor teaching this course.
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