INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY


AN210


Allen Zagarell


Fall 2013

1023 Moore Hall

Office Hours:M/W 2:30-3 or_ by appointment


Course Description:


The goal of this course is to introduce the student into theworld of archaeology. Modern archaeology combines hands-on experience with high levels of conceptualization and theory building. It calls upon its practitioners to be practical and innovative. This course demands active, andtimely participation in discussions. I expect regular attendance and regular participation. Class participants will be expected to have read the relevantclass materials and to be prepared to discuss them. There will be 3 examinations each worth one third of the grade.  Examinations will include readings,assigned Web sites, lectures and assigned labs.


Warning:

You are responsible for making yourself aware of andunderstanding the
policies and procedures in the Undergraduate (pp. 274-276) [Graduate
(pp. 26-28)] Catalog that pertain to Academic Integrity. These policies
include cheating, fabrication, falsification and forgery, multiple
submission, plagiarism, complicity and computer misuse. If there is
reason to believe you have been involved in academic dishonesty, you
will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. You will be given the
opportunity to review the charge(s). If you believe you are not
responsible, you will have the opportunity for a hearing. You should
consult with me if you are uncertain about an issue of academic honesty
prior to the submission of an assignment or test.


Required Texts:

DISCOVERING OURR PAST ASHMOFE AND SHARER

Read the relevant Web site information for each class 


Archaeological Lab Pages


Jan 8 Week 1: IntroductionIntroductionto the class/and Anthropology/Archaeology
Introduction to Computers and Archaeology

What is Anthropology/Archaeology
Readings:

  • Ch. 1

Jan 15 Week 2-: /History of Archaeology
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Readings:

  • Ch. 2

 

Questions for reading1-3


Jan 22 Week 3: ArchaeologicalExplanation
Readings:

  • Ch. 3

Culture History, Culture Process

Post-Processual Archaeology

Film:OtherPeople's Garbage 


Jan 29 Week 4: ArchaeologicalData
Readings:  Ch4 

Making sense out of things

Artifacts, features, eco-facts sites and regions

Research Projects

Film:Four Butte1
questions forreading 4-6 and Web assignments


Feb 5 Week 5: SurveyingThe Surroundings
Readings:

  • Ch. 5

Reconnaissance, Aerial, Radar, 

Web:_ GeographicInformation Systems

Satellite Sensing

Web assignments _

Lab: Reading Maps

http://homepages.wmich.edu/~zagarell/maplab.htm___

 


 

 

 

Feb 12 Week 6:

Exam I
Digging up one's past
Readings:

  • Ch 7

Stratigraphy,approaches tools and data.

Film:The Hearth
Lab: Typology, Stratigraphy


 

 

Feb 19 Week 7:Fielding the Evidence
Can You Date it
Readings:

  • Ch  6

Artifacts;Pottery

Lab: PotteryLab

Questions 7-9


 

 

Feb 26 Week 8-9 Stones, bones, pots and metals
Readings:

Ch 6

Film:Flintknapping

Lab: Stone tools

http://homepages.wmich.edu/~zagarell/lab3.htm

 Featuringfeatures

(whatwere they doing)

Lab: Dealing with Metalshttp://homepages.wmich.edu/~zagarell/lab3.htm_

Lab: Environment

http://homepages.wmich.edu/~zagarell/environlab.htm________


 

Mar 19 Week 10:Exam and Interpretations

Exam II _

Making Interpretations
Readings:

  • Ch.8

 Film:TheSpiritual World _
questions 10-14 and Web sites 

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Mar 26 Week 11: Technology andEnvironment
Readings:

.Ch 8

Ethnography and Ethnoarchaeology

Cultural Materialist Approaches

  • Social Systems; class, ethnicity,
    _

gender, power, inequality, ideology

Film: :Realms
Lab: Socialidentities

 

_Identities:Class, Ethnicity, Gender

http://homepages.wmich.edu/~zagarell/socid.htm

 


 

April 2 Week 12: Social Systems continued

Ideological and Symbol Systems
Readings:

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Film:Signs andSymbols

Lab: Signs and symbols

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http://zzyx.ucsc.edu/Comp/hyder.htmlhttp://zzyx.ucsc.edu/Comp/hyder.html

 symbolic lab           http://homepages.wmich.edu/~zagarell/symbolic.htm

 

 


April 9 Week 13

 

Readings:

Ch. 9 Lab:SpatialRelationships

 

Systems of Exchange

 

April 16 Week 14

Ch 12 Conceptual Frameworks Continued and
             _Film:Trafficing in Antiquities
Readings:

Lab:SpatialRelationships

 

Final Exam

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