Research Report Guidelines
P360 Fall 1997
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Your research report is an exploration into resolving one of the oldest issues in North American archaeology -- the prehistoric roots of historic native american groups. Using a modern variation of the "direct historical" approach, you will develop a concise narrative on the cultural transformation of an archaeological culture or cultures into an historically observable population. The final report should contain the following components.
- Summary of this report, 1-3 paragraphs
- Initial version to be turned in October 30th
- Introduction to the Question
- Provide an overview of why you chose this group
- What work has been published on prehistoric origins for this group
- First Contact
- Provide an historical accounting of the earliest western contacts with these people
- Provide environmental, timeline, and lifeways information for this period
- Historic Period Overview
- Provide an overview of this group's historical existence up until removal or "extinction"
- Provide environmental, timeline, and lifeways information
- Identify and discuss changes in their lifeways over this time
- Where did they come from?
- Use all available data, including origin myths and linguistic evidence, to attempt to locate a "homeland(s)" for these people
- Discuss the prehistoric developments in this "homeland" (if more than one location, do so to each)
- For each prehistoric period (earliest to latest):
- Reconstruct the environment
- Describe the lifeways of this archaeologicial culture
- Provide a "laundry list" of the material correlates for this culture
- Keep in mind -- you are tracing the linkages of one period to the next until you reach "contact"
- Discuss the transitions you have outlined
- Discuss the implication for developmental studies dealing with the "process of change"
- As a student of anthropological prehistory, what did you learn from doing this study
- List of References
- Following the Society of American Archaeology (American Antiquity) format available on reserve at Helmke Library (P360 Style Guide) or online
- Online references should be cited following the SAA's format consistent with APA's example formats for online materials.
- Initial version to be turned in September 23rd.
Deadlines: Sept 2 Turn in Paper Topic Sept 23 List of References due Nov 2 Abstract due Nov 25 First Reports Distributed Dec 2, 4, 9, 11 Report Presentations Dec 18 Final Reports Due
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