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COURSE OBJECTIVES and EXPECTATIONS
This class will require you to do a lot of reading, writing, and thinking, using both traditional scholarly resources (such as the library), and newer computer tools (such as CD-ROM and WWW). My goal is to engage you in active investigation and interpretation of the early archaeological record of Africa. To do so you will need to learn basic terminology and key concepts, but, more importantly, you will be learning how to build effective written arguments using your own interpretations of different types of archaeological evidence and scientific reasoning.
The weekly quizzes will test your understanding of the basic information covered in class and readings. Quizzes will be available through the class website, and must be taken by the weekly deadline (Monday midnight) to qualify for credit. If you forget to take an online quiz, you can take a paper version during her Tuesday office hours, but it will not be an open-book exam, and will be worth less credit. You can take a make-up quiz if you have a valid medical excuse. There will be 5-10 quiz questions each week, for a total of about 100 over the semester. Your cumulative quiz score will be calculated as a % of all possible points, and graded on a fixed scale (100-99% = A+; 98-94%=A; 93-91%=A-; 90-89 = B+, etc).
NOTE: Quiz 1 is now ready (and will be available to take through week 2).
READINGS for this course are extensive, and are an important part of the course material. If you have not previously taken a course in human evolution or archaeology, you may initially have difficulty following some of the material in this course. Consult the instructor if you are worried about the level of your background preparation.
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We will have readings from three sources:
Professor Sept will also post class-notes and other useful links on the class web-page as the class proceeds.
WEEK 1 Introduction to the study of Africa's past: history & geography
WEEK 2 Introduction to the Early Stone Age: the South African story
WEEK 3 Introduction to the Early Stone Age: the East African story
Sept 12: meet in Library-503 computer lab - bring Olduvai CD-ROM
WEEK 4 Who made the first stone tools, and why?
Sept 19: meet in LI-503
WEEK 5 Comparing the behaviors of early hominids and chimpanzees
Sept 26: meet in LI-503
WEEK 6 Early Hominid societies and land-use
WEEK 7 Homo erectus & Acheulian technology
Oct 10: meet in LI-503
WEEK 8 The "Muddle in the Middle": the Acheulian continued
WEEK 9 Late Acheulian sites and transitions to MSA
WEEK 10 Did modern humans originate in Africa? archaic Homo sapiens
Oct 31: meet in LI-503
WEEK 11 Middle Stone Age
WEEK 12 Independent team-work on MSA case studies (no class meetings)
WEEK 13 Nov 21 Independent work on MSA case studies (no class meetings)
WEEK 14 Later Stone Age
WEEK 15 LSA rockart and perspectives on the past
| Office Hours Student Bldg 038
TH 1:00-3:00, or by appt.
Lectures: Student Bldg 150
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Sept teaching interests | IU Anthropology
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Last updated: 29 August, 2000
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