Rivierre aux Vas vessel P360
North America
Fall 1997
Hafted Clovis Point

1:30-2:45PM -- Tuesday and Thursday -- CM 116
Goals / Texts / Paper / Grading / Readings / Office Hours

Course Goals:
P360 is an exploration of North America's prehistoric past. My goal is to provide you with a basic understanding of the development of North American archaeology from Jefferson's 1784 mound excavation to the latest discoveries. We will explore ~12,000 years of cultural development in what, to the Europeans at least, was once called the "New World." A successful student will acquire an appreciation of the depth of North American prehistoric diversity and sufficient knowledge to organize and present cultural sequences at regional and local levels.

Any other readings will be placed on reserve at the Helmke Library. (Such readings will be supplemental and listed below or announced in class.)
You will write one major (~50 pages) research report on the cultural development of a well defined North American (in what is now Mexico, Canada, and most of the US) ethnic group (for example, the Miami) (200 points). Your will create a List of References (25 points) and an Abstract (50 points) prior to completion of the final report. Copies of the paper will be distributed to each student in the class and a 30 minute presentation/discussion will be made starting the week of December 1st. [Details]
Grading will be based on the points earned for your List of References, Abstract, and Final Report (275 points) as well as class participation.
Assignments and Readings:
Aug 26, 28
Sept 2, 4
Development of
North American Archaeology
Fagan:Chapts. 1, 2, 3
(paper topic due 2nd)
Sept 9, 11, 16, 18 Paleo Indian Fagan:Chapts. 4, 5, 6
Sept 23, 25, 30
Oct 2
& Gatherers
Fagan:Chapts. 7, 9, 10-14, 17
(references due 23rd)
Oct 7 Northwest Coast
Oct 9 No Class
Oct 14, 16, 21, 23 Hunters
& Gatherers cont.

Oct 28, 30 Horticulture
& Agriculture
Fagan:Chapts. 8, 15, 16, 18-21
Oct 31 Last day to Withdraw
Nov 4, 6 Horticulture
& Agriculture cont.

Nov 11, 13, 18, 20 Historic Period Fagan:Chapts. 22, 23
Nov 25 Reports Distributed (first review papers due 25th)
Dec 2, 4, 9, 11 Report Presentations Start
Dec 18 Final Exam Period
Final Reports Due
1:00-3:00pm CM116

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Office Hours:
8-9am 6-7pm
Other Times By Appointment
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