Anthropology | PREHISTORY OF MIDWESTERN U.S.
P361 | 0440 | Munson


In P361 we will survey the cultural chronology of Eastern North America,
with a primary emphasis on the Midwestern U.S. (Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky,
Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri, plus
southern Ontario) from the earliest evidence of human presence in this
area until the initial period of European contact.

The course will be organized within the framework of prehistoric cultural
periods or stages as presently used by archaeologists working in this
area. The characteristics of each period/stage (functional and stylistic
attributes of artifacts, settlement and subsistence systems, mortuary
practices, exchange networks, etc.) will be outlined and the prevailing
explanations for why these characteristics changed through time and from
area to area will be presented and evaluated.

There will be a mid-term exam and a non-cumulative final exam. Graduate
students are required to write a research paper; papers are optional for
undergraduates. If a paper is written it will count for 33% of the course
grade, with each exam counting 33%. If there is no paper, then each exam
is 50% of the final grade.