Anthropology | Introduction to Prehistoric Archaeology
P200 | 0477 | Sept


MWF 2:30-3:20, Student Building 150

If it is difficult to imagine what life was like during prehistoric times,
it is often harder to understand how we piece together our knowledge of the
past from bits and pieces of ancient evidence. This class will not only
introduce you to what we know about prehistoric cultures and ancient
civilizations.  It will also involve you in the types of questions
archaeologists ask about the human past, and the scientific methods we use
to search for answers.  We will develop your understanding of the major
changes in human culture by examining a series of archaeological case
studies -- sites from different times and places around the world.

Coursework & Grades

Class meetings will have a variety of formats, and participation in class
activities will contribute significantly to your grade.  Many periods will
include lectures, multi-media presentations, and small group discussions.
We will also meet frequently in computer labs on campus for group research
projects, and have different "hands on" activities or labs for weekly class
credit.

What happens when the information age meets the Stone Age?  We will be
using computers as tools to aid your exploration of the past, and the use
of the WWW will be an essential element of classwork.   In class, we will
meet periodically in one of the PC clusters on campus.   For some class
activities or course assignments you will be asked to consult WWW materials
or read a short article on reserve in the library. The class web-page will
be http://www.indiana.edu/~origins/teach/p200.html.

The course textbook will be Images of the Past, by T.D. Price and G.M.
Feinman (2nd ed), a well-illustrated book that focuses on information
recovered from key archaeological sites as "signposts" to the past.  This
will be available for purchase, or reserve reading in the Undergraduate
Library. Also, the first written project has an option of using a CD-ROM
called "Investigating Olduvai" which can be purchased, or borrowed from UGL
Media Reserves.

Grades:
Weekly in-class activities (30%):
Written projects (30%) (Project grade based on best 3 out of 4)
Midterm exam 1 (10%)
Midterm exam 2 (10%)
Final exam (20%)