P200 Introduction to Prehistoric Archaeology

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 Week 1: Jan 10-12, 2000:

    What do archaeologists study? An introduction to the study of material culture, using historical archaeology.

  • PDF file of lecture 2 presentation
  • web notes and links for week 1

Week 2: Jan 18, 2000:

    How does interpreting archaeological evidence compare to the interpretation of historical evidence?

  • PDF file of lecture 3 presentation (not including video!)
  • web notes and links for week 2

Week 3: Jan 24-26, 2000:

    We're shifting from an introduction to archaeological methods in the context of historical archaeology, to the archaeology of human origins

  • PDF file of lecture 4 presentation (not including video!): Dart's Osteo-Donto-Keratic culture

Week 4: January 31-Feb 2:

    We talked about site formation processes and dating techniques applied to early archaeological sites in the Rift Valley, and the problems of deciding which early hominid species was/were responsible for making the stone tools.

  • PDF files of lecture 5 and lecture 6
  • web notes and links for week 4

Week 5: February 7-9

    We talked about the problems of interpreting early Oldowan technology sites in Africa, like FLK-Zinj and Site 50, Koobi Fora, as evidence of home-base/food-sharing behavior, or for determining whether early hominids were hunters or scavengers.

  • PDF file of lecture 7 (lecture 8 was video and discussion of Olduvai CD-ROM)
  • web notes and links for week 5

Week 6: February 14-16

    We talked about the beginnings of Acheulian technology, the function of handaxes, and an example of a site in Kenya called Olorgesailie.

  • PDF file for lectures 9-10
  • web notes and links for Homo erectus and the Acheulian

Week 7: February 22-24

    We had a lab, and finished talking about Acheulian sites, the controlled use of fire, and definitive evidence for hunting.

  • PDF file for lecture 11/12

Week 8: Feb 28 - March 3

    Ice Age environments and the neanderthals

  • PDF file for lecture 13 (Yikes! Alot of this lecture got garbled (blame it on my lack of sleep...) so I've written up some notes for you that I hope will re-explain what I was TRYING to tell you about paleoclimate research:
  • Web notes on Ice Age paleo-climate
  • Web notes on neanderthals

Week 9: March 5-9

    Middle Paleolithic to Upper Paleolithic PDF file & lab

Spring Break!!

Week 10: March 13-15

    Upper Paleolithic Adaptations PDF file

Week 11: March 20-24

Week 12: March 27 -29

    Who owns the past? NAGPRA & the ethics of archaeological research (videos & discussion)

  • here's a good source for latest on the Kennewick Controversy.
  • Also, archaeologist David Hurst Thomas (Curator of archaeology at the American Museum of Natural History) has recently published a book called Skull Wars: Kennewick Man, Archaeology and the Battle for Native American Identity. Click here for a review of this book.
  • IU's Center for Archaeology in the Public Interest CAPI has good resources online for the latest in archaeological research ethics. You can also download a PDF file with a recent bibliography of books and journal articles related to cultural resource management, and related questions.

Week 13:April 3-5

    Monday we talked about the transition from Archaic to Mississippian in North America, including the Ozette site, the Black Earth site, and examples of Cahokia and Slack Farm. Wednesday we did not meet as a class. You should use this time to do fieldwork and other teamwork for Project 2.

  • PDF file
  • National Park service site on Mississippi sites
  • Cahokia site
  • Visit the Makah Nation website to see their perspective on Ozette

Week 14: April 10-14

    This week we looked at the origins of food production in the Near East, examining the Natufian (Mesolithic) way of life, compared to later Neolithic sites like 'Ain Ghazal and Catal Huyuk.

  • Natufian PDF file
  • Neolithic settlement PDF file
  • 'Ain Ghazal excavations (online reports, with images)
  • There are some GREAT web sites on Catal Huyuk:

Week 15:

    On Monday we will have a guest lecture by Ethan Watrall about his work at the Egyptian site complex at Hierakonpolis earlier this semester. On Wednesday we will shift regions, and look at the origins of agriculture in Mesoamerica and the Andes, and perhaps a bit about Peruvian archaeology.

  • check out the Hierakonpolis website, with photos from the expedition
  • Early Egyptian burial customs

Week 16:

    On Monday Cameron Griffiths will come lecture on the ancient Maya, and tell you about his fieldwork with Mayan cave sites and summer fieldwork opportunities with his project. On Wednesday, we'll try to wrap things up!

  • link to Cameron's website

Professor Jeanne Sept

Office: Student Building 038

Office Hours: TW 4:00-5:00 or by appt.

855-5395; sept@indiana.edu

AI: Emily Williams

Office: Student Bldg 056

Office Hours: M 4:00-5:30; T 11:00-12:00

emwillia@indiana.edu

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