P200 Introduction to Prehistoric Archaeology

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Study Guide for First Exam on Friday Feb 19

Our first exam will cover most of the material we have discussed in class as well as the assigned readings in the Price and Feinman text (pp 1-117, 120-121).

Allison will be holding a review session for you one night this week (probably Wednesday evening).

The format of the exam will ask you to write answers to a series of objective (1 minute) and short answer (5 minute) questions, and will also include one mini-essay (15 minute answer). The exam will NOT include multiple choice questions.

The exam will allow you to demonstrate your knowledge of some basic terminology and concepts that we have reviewed, as well as your specific knowledge of how the evidence at examples of archaeological sites has been interpreted. It will include a few questions that are simply "fact-recall opportunities," because you can't discuss interesting questions about the past unless you know some basic information. However, most of the questions will require you to put knowledge in context, integrate ideas, and explain yourself.

1. Know your sites!

Review all the sites we have discussed in class, as well as the sites that have been featured in the textbook. Think about why each site was chosen to highlight as important. In particular, be able to describe what was found at the following sites we have emphasized, how the sites have been interpreted, and why they are significant. Review how we have estimated their ages, and be able to plot their age and the duration of their technological tradition on a timeline. Be able to use examples of evidence (artifact types, features, bone assemblages, etc) from any of these sites in an essay or short answer question.

Oldowan sites: Gona, Olduvai FLK-Zinj, Koobi Fora site 50', Ubeidiya, Swartkrans
Acheulian sites: Olorgesailie, Kalambo Falls, Atapuerca, Zhoukoudien, Torralba/Ambrona, Boxgrove, Terra Amata
Middle Paleolithic / Middle Stone Age sites: Shanidar, Kebara, Klasies River Mouth
Upper Paleolithic sites: Lascaux, Pincevent & Etioles, Dolni Vestonice

2. Review important methodology, concepts & terms

3. Examples of short answer questions:

4. Examples of mini-essay questions:

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