Anthropology | Asian Prehistory
P399 | 26857 | Chauhan

Meets 2nd eight weeks only

This 8-week seminar, in the second-half of spring 2006, is designed as
a broad archaeological survey of human evolution in Asia.  The
majority of the discussions will be geographically restricted to
West/Central Asia (e.g. the Arabian Peninsula, Tajikistan,
Afghanistan, Russia), the Indian subcontinent (e.g. Pakistan, India,
Nepal, Sri Lanka), East Asia (e.g. China, Japan) and southeast Asia
(e.g. Thailand, Java).  Major issues in Asian palaeoanthropology will
be discussed and explored, such as the evidence for the earliest
hominin dispersals, lithic assemblage dichotomies, regional
palaeolithic records, and ecological adaptive strategies of hominin
groups in the context of Asian palaeoenvironments (e.g. climate,
fauna, flora).  A greater emphasis is placed on hominin behavior
rather than the human fossil evidence.  Each class will commence with
a brief review and question/answer period of the topics discussed in
the previous class and from the weekly readings, and which will be
followed by an informal presentation of new data by the instructor.
Although this seminar will focus predominantly on the Early Stone Age,
it will conclude with a brief introduction to the proto-historic and
historic records of Asia.

Course Requirements:  Each week, specific readings will be assigned
and it is expected that the students will complete these readings in
preparation for the next class.  Most of the weekly readings can be
easily downloaded (in PDF format) from the online university library
resources.  Since there are currently no comprehensive textbooks
available for this subject, some important well-known books will also
be recommended as sources of primary information (Klein, Clark, etc.),
in addition to specific chapters from edited books.

Methods of Evaluation:    As a mid-term, undergraduates will be given
a multiple-choice exam and graduate students will be given essay
questions.  As a final exam, undergraduates will be given a cumulative
multiple-choice exam and graduate students will be asked to submit a
critical review/analysis of pre-assigned or pre-selected topics in
Asian palaeoanthropology, mostly based on class lectures and weekly
readings.  Your final grade will also be partly based on regular
attendance and active participation/interaction, both strongly
encouraged.  Although not required, you are encouraged to take notes
on the weekly readings to facilitate related discussions.

Undergraduate:	Mid-term multiple-choice:                 25%
		Final multiple-choice (cumulative):       75%
Graduate:	Mid-term essay exam:                      40%
			Final paper:		          60%

More details will be provided during the first class.