ANTH 2 - Introduction to Archaeology

Intersession 1998

Instructor: Greg Bondar

Consultation Times: Immediately following class, from 1-2 pm

Office: Department of Anthropology, 419 Carpenter Bldg.

E-mail Address:              @psu.edu

Phone Number: 865-1231

Mail Box: 403 Carpenter Building

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the ideas and concepts that form the basis of the fascinating and exciting field of archaeology. In general, we will examine the role of archaeology as a source of data about prehistoric systems of behavior.

My expectations are that none of you have any prior course experience in archaeology or anthropology. However, just because this is an introductory class does not mean that I'll only expect you to simply memorize "facts" and then regurgitate them back at me. Instead, I want to strongly encourage critical thinking as the key to understanding the concepts that I will cover in this course. Anybody can memorize and repeat a barrage of "facts" from the Discovery Channel.. I want you to understand why archaeologists believe certain things and how certain processes operate. To get the most out of this class, constantly ask yourself "why is that so?" or "how does this work?". To do well in this class, you will need to be able to explain concepts in this amount of detail. This kind of reasoning is applicable in every other subject that you will study. If nothing else, even if your mind is completely devoid of archaeological thoughts as you hand in your final exams, I hope that you will continue to question and seek to understand both the "facts" of others, and your own experiences.

Course Materials:

Required Texts:

1.) Webster, David L., Susan Toby Evans, and William T. Sanders
1991 Out of the Past: An Introduction to Archaeology. Mayfield Publishers, New York.

Optional Texts:

2.) Evans, Susan Toby, Webster, David L., and Nancy Gonlin
1991 Out of the Past: The Study Guide. Mayfield Publishers, New York.

3.) Wenke, Robert
1991 Patterns in Prehistory, 3rd. Edition. Oxford University Press, New York.

Additional materials and information are available on the World Wide Web at:
http://www.personal.psu.edu/ghb1/courses.html


Final Grade Determination:

Your grade will be based on 5 quizzes (50 pts) & three exams (150 pts) for a course total of 200 pts. Each quiz is worth 10 points. While all quizzes are cumulative, emphasis will be placed on current class content.

FINAL GRADES:

A 180--200
A- 175--179
B+ 170--174
B 160- 169
B- 155--159
C+ 150--154
C 130--149
D 100--129
F >100

Extra Credit: up to 5 pts for contributing to class discussions, and extra credit work as assigned.

SHORT ANSWER QUIZZES (~10 ques.) & EXAMS (~50 ques.)

The short answer quizzes & exams consist of fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice questions, and regional geographic maps based on material covered in the reading assignments, films, and class discussions.

ACADEMIC HONOR AND HONESTY

Unfortunately, a few students in every large class try to "beat the system" by dishonest means. Needless to say, such behavior will not be tolerated and will result in the perpetrator receiving a failing grade for the course. If you feel desperate about your progress in this course, please talk with me before resorting to such self-destructive behavior. My job is to help you learn, not fail.