Lost Worlds and Archaeology
A Distance Education Course 1999
Department of Anthropology
Western Michigan University
Office: 109 Moore Hall
Required Texts: T.
Douglas Price and Gary Fineman 1997 Images of the Past. Mayfield
Required Videos: There are five videos for
required viewing. You may get them from the Department of Distance
Education by submitting a video request card which will be sent to you.
Course Objectives: To
follow the long road of adaptation, development and complexity through
the medium of archeological research. To appreciate the diversity
of past human experiences. To follow the multiple paths of change
of past societies. To understand some of the methods utilized to
discover those pathways.
Requirements and Expectations: Doall lesson
and Web assignments (see table below). There are six lesson assignments.
You are required to do all of them. The assignments represent
of the total grade. A single research paper, and a comprehensive
exam will each represent an additional 20
percent of final grade.
Please note: Any evidence of
academic dishonesty, copying other people's assignments or plagiarizing
papers will lead to immediate failure.
You can submit the written assignments to me by email. (Send
Mail to Zagarell@wmich.edu ) The paper, however should be submitted
by mail directly to me at Department of Anthropology/Western Michigan University/Kalamazoo,
MI 49008. I will have to have received all lessons and the research
paper in order for you to be able to take the final examination.
Feel free to contact me by email (preferred) or call me if you need any
Find out more about me by
reading my Web pages.
A= 90-100 BA= 87-89.9 B=80-86.9 CB=77-79.9
C=70-76.9 CD= 67-69.9 D=65-66.9 E= below 65.
dates for completion of assignments.
Introduction to Anthropology and Prehistory/The Earliest Humans
1) an introduction into the multiple facets of anthropology
2) the emergence of early humans
Introduction and Chapter 1
Request Video: Human Origins
From Homo Erectus to Modern Human
1) from scavenging to hunting, the emergence of culture, ritual and
2) Neanderthals and Cro-Magnon. The full development
symbolism, and art.
Recommended:Animations: Basics of Stone Tool Manufacture
(read the instructions for downloading the shockwave plug-in)
The Advent of Agriculture
1)the beginning of a new way of life Agriculture. Its pre-requisites
2)The transition from hunting gathering bands to village communities.
Why did it happen?
Recommended:Animations: Basics of Making Pottery
Multiple Experiences; North American/Andean Civilization
1)Populating the World. The American Experience: Coming to America
2) North American Political Centers and Communities
3)The Andean World:From El Paraiso to the Incan Empire
Chapter 6, 8
and the Moundbuilders (60)
From Olmec to Mayan. State and Society in Ancient Mesoamerica.
Teotihuacan and Aztec Society
Mesopotamia, Egypt, Zimbabwe and South Asia/East Asia
Early Civilizations of the Near East, Africa, Indus and China.
Chapter 9. Relevant sections
The Pyramids and the cities of the pharaohs
Web: Great Zimbabwe
The final exam will be a multiple choice test. You are expected
to arrange proctoring for the final examination. I will have to have
received all lessons and the research paper in order for you to be
able to take the final examination. Feel free to contact me by email (preferred)
or call me if you need any help. Contact the Department of Distance
Education at Western Michigan University for details. Phone: 616-387-4195.
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