Announcements

Friday August 19

Hi everyone,

All of your grades from Weeks 6 and 7 are posted to D2L and your final grades have been posted for the course and you should be able to see them in your StuInfo account in the next day or two.

Thank you for a great semester, I hope you all enjoyed Intro to Archaeology! It has been a pleasure having you in the course!

Best of luck in all of your studies at MSU!

Wednesday August 17

Hi everyone! I can’t believe it’s already been 7 weeks! Thank you for a great semester and for your thoughtful blog posts and comments! I hope you’ve learned about archaeology and enjoyed what you’ve discovered!

Just a reminder that BOTH blog post assignments for the week are due tonight at 11:59pm and your comments and quiz are due tomorrow (see the previous announcement)! It’s a short week this week so make sure you are getting your assignments completed by the new due dates!

I will grade all of week 6 and week 7 assignments on Friday and have final grades posted by Monday at 4pm!

Thursday August 11

I hope you all are enjoying the materials for Week 6 and are getting your assignments done! Just a reminder that next week is a shorter week (this has been on the About the Class page since day 1), so your assignments are due at a different time than usual:

**For Week 7: 

  • Wednesday, August 17th: Both blog posts (1 reflection and 1 archaeology in the news) are due by 11:59pm EST on WP
  • Thursday, August 18th: All 4 blog comments (2 reflection and 2 archaeology in the news) are due by 11:59pm EST on WP and the final quiz is due by 11:59pm EST on D2L

PLEASE STICK TO THESE DUE DATES! All of the usual grading criteria must be met to receive credit!

You will have a final Reflection Post and 2 comments, Archaeology in the News REFLECTION Post and 2 comments (you will not be finding a new article, but discussing your favorite news item), and a Week 7 Quiz (NOT CUMULATIVE).

I will make Week 7’s schedule available Sunday morning so you have a little more time with the content.

REMINDER ABOUT SIRS FORMS

Another reminder, in order to receive your final grades for the course, you must fill out the SIRS form before the last day of class.

Log in with your netid and password here: https://sirsonline.msu.edu. And fill out the survey for ANP203.

You are required to complete the SIRS Online form OR indicate within that form that they decline to participate.  Otherwise, final grades (for courses using SIRS Online) will be sequestered for seven days following the course grade submission deadline for this semester. I suggest getting these done ASAP as it should only take a few minutes to fill out.

Rating information collected by SIRS Online is reported in summary form only and cannot be linked to individual student responses. Student anonymity is carefully protected.

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Carlson, (mcarlson [at] msu [dot] edu, 353-5380).

Tuesday August 9

All Week 5 assignments are now graded. Everyone had great discussion about the Top 10 Discoveries in Archaeology, especially in the comments section, also everyone had interesting thoughts to say in their reflection posts on the particular discoveries they chose!

I would like to mention that if you post the exact same comment on two different posts, you will only receive credit for 1 of those comments. The comment assignment is meant to have you engage with other students in the class about the content of their reflection posts, not to copy and paste the same comment. When I grade your comments I see and read them, so I know when they are duplicated. We only have two weeks left in the class, I don’t want you to lose points for mistakes like this!

Monday August 8

The Week 6 schedule is now available, this week we are talking about ‘Dating in Archaeology’, where we will talk about different techniques for absolute and relative dating!

Enjoy the course material! I will get your Week 5 assignments graded by tomorrow!

Friday August 5

All of your Week 4 assignments are graded. Make sure you are checking your word count on your posts (which does not include a title, date, or URL) so that they meet the length requirements listed on the schedule page. As a reminder, if your blogs must meet ALL of the five requirements listed (and be submitted by the due date) or else you receive NO CREDIT.

  1. Did you do the post/comment?
  2. Was your post/comment the required word length?
  3. Did you correctly title your post?
  4. Did you address the points/questions of the prompt?
  5. Did you ‘publish’ your post?
  6. Did you categorize your post correctly?

Great job this week on blogs! You all discussed the differences in social organization at each of the four sites from the film The Hearth. I’m glad you picked up on the variations between sites and how domestic structure size and organization can provide information on how the groups of people living at these sites organized their households, labor, and lives. A lot of you discussed how valuable the ground penetrating survey technologies we have today would be at the sites discussed in the video, especially to give us an idea of how large the settlement was without the need for extensive destructive excavation. We have used GPR and Magnetometry at Morton Village, which has been helped to inform our research and our excavation plans.

You are all finding great archaeological articles also, keep up the good work, only a few weeks left in the class!

SIRS FORMS

In order to receive your final grades for the course, you must fill out the SIRS form before the last day of class.

Log in with your netid and password here: https://sirsonline.msu.edu. And fill out the survey for ANP203.

You are required to complete the SIRS Online form OR indicate within that form that they decline to participate.  Otherwise, final grades (for courses using SIRS Online) will be sequestered for seven days following the course grade submission deadline for this semester. I suggest getting these done ASAP as it should only take a few minutes to fill out.

Rating information collected by SIRS Online is reported in summary form only and cannot be linked to individual student responses. Student anonymity is carefully protected.

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Carlson, (mcarlson [at] msu [dot] edu, 353-5380).

Thursday August 4

Thank you everyone for your patience with me this week during my move! I am working on your Week 4 grades today and will have them posted by tomorrow morning! I hope you all are enjoying your second week about Interpreting the Past – and that you saw me briefly describe my dissertation research in the Graduate Student Research video! If you have any questions about my research or the Morton Village Archaeological Project feel free to comment on the Week 5 Schedule page!

I hope you all are having a fantastic week!

Sunday July 31

The Week 5 Schedule is now available! Just a reminder that I will be moving all day tomorrow and won’t be checking email as I will have no internet.

I will get your Week 4 Assignments graded as soon as possible this week!

Tuesday July 26

All Week 3 assignments are graded. I tried to make some comments on posts, but the responses were so varied that I figured I would just post an announcement with a discussion of the Stratigraphy Problem.

Stratum U is earlier than Stratum T (using the law of superposition and comparing the contents). U contains Canario points and percussion-flaked choppers, while T contains textiles, fishhooks and projectile points.

Stratum S and R are similar, however, they contain different kinds of paired-warp textiles, which distinguishes them from each other.

The stratigraphy and interpretation is relatively straightforward until the events surrounding the construction of the wall, which is bracketed in time between Stratum P and G. The most important questions here concern the relative ages of the depositional units on the left and right of the wall. The law of superpositioning does not work here and we must look at how styles change to determine the stratigraphic sequence. When comparing content, we see that P and K’ are identical and form a single cultural unit. The same with N and H’ and H and G – this shows that the depositional units on the left side of the wall are more recent than those on the right side. The situation becomes clear again after Stratum G.

We gain more information about the construction of the wall when the contents of I’ are examined and contrasted to J’ and K’ – the contents of I’ can be viewed as a mixture of J’ and K’ – if this is correct, someone dug a hole from the top of J’ to bottom of K’, mixed the dirt and debris in the same pile, built the wall, and then covered the exposed outside of the wall with the mixed dirt from J’ and K’. I’ is an example of mixing and likely filling as well. Stratum E may also be an example of filling.

For the burials, the burial in P is the earliest, then the burial in B, and then the shaft burial that cuts from A through D is the most recent.

Overall good job everyone! Let me know if you have any questions on the assignment. No points were deducted if you didn’t quite get the answer right.

Monday July 25, 2016

The Week 4 schedule is now available! Just a reminder you have two blog assignments this week (1 reflection and 1 archaeology in the news) and 2 comments for each, along with the Week 4 quiz due this week!

I will work on grading your Week 3 assignments today and tomorrow!

Also, I will be moving next Monday August 1st and won’t have internet most of the day, so I will make the Week 5 schedule available Sunday night and will get Week 4’s assignments graded as soon as possible next week.

Friday July 22, 2016

I will be out of town starting tonight until late Sunday, but I will be able to check email on my phone. Please contact me if you have any issues or emergencies!

Just a reminder, your reflection post is due tonight at 11:59pm EST, your quiz must be completed on D2L tomorrow by 11:59pm EST, and all of your comments must be turned in by Sunday at 11:59pm EST. WordPress time stamps everything and I will not be giving credit this week for late assignments or posts/comments that do not meet the 5 requirements.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Tuesday July 19, 2016

All grades are now posted for Week 2, including the Reflection Post and Comments, Archaeology in the News Post and Comments, and the Display Name/Gravatar.

If any of the assignments had points missing, I made notes on the grade items, which you should refer to first before asking me about them.

I was still lenient this week for the posts/comments, but for next week make sure you directly reference the prompt and turn in your assignments on time. After today assignments will be graded on an all or nothing basis. You will receive a zero if you don’t complete 1 (or more) of the 5 requirements or if you did not turn in the assignment on time:

  1. Did you do the post/comment?
  2. Was your post/comment the required word length?
  3. Did you correctly title your post?
  4. Did you address the points/questions of the prompt?
  5. Did you ‘publish’ your post?
  6. Did you categorize your post correctly?

Let me know if you have any questions.

Monday July 18, 2016

Week 3 content is now available, this week we will be discussing ‘Doing Archaeology’! I’ll be grading Week 2 assignments later tonight and tomorrow morning, they should be posted in D2L by tomorrow afternoon!

As always, let me know if you have any questions or concerns by commenting on the Weekly Schedule page.

Tuesday July 12, 2016

All week 1 assignments are graded.Also, I didn’t leave any comments on your blog posts yet, as I am traveling back to MI today and tomorrow. When I get back I’ll post comments on your posts.

I will wait another week to grade for the display name and gravatar as multiple people have not changed their name/connected an image of themselves to their account. If your full name isn’t showing up on your posts than you have not updated your username. If you are having trouble with gravatar, another option is to go into your WordPress account settings and directly upload a photo of yourself there. This way I can see you you all are  when I respond to posts/comments/emails from you!

Reminder, the week 2 schedule is available and your assignment due dates are back to the format discussed on the ‘About the Class’ page:

  • Friday: All blog post assignments are due by 11:59pm EST on WP
  • Saturday: The weekly quiz must be completed by 11:59pm EST on D2L
  • Sunday: All blog comment assignments are due by 11:59pm EST on WP

Let me know if you have any questions about the assignments/grading!

Monday July 11, 2016

The Week 2 Schedule is now available!

Sunday July 10, 2016

Hi everyone, I am aware that there was a power outage in East Lansing this weekend and some of you may still be without power. I will be grading the blog post/comments on Tuesday (as I’m in Texas visiting family), because it is the first week, I will be lenient on your grades and as long as all of these assignments are completed by Tuesday morning at 8am EST, I will give them a grade.

Also, I noticed many of you haven’t completed the quiz for this week.  Just a reminder that it is due TONIGHT by 11:59pm EST.

I will make the Week 2 Schedule available tomorrow!

As always, please let me know if you have any questions/issues!

Thursday July 7, 2016

Just a reminder that your first reflection blog post needs to be posted by tomorrow (7/8) at 11:59pm – reminder that posts and comments are graded pass/fail and if you meet all the criteria listed on the ‘Grading’ page you get all 10 points, if not you get a zero.

Here are some things to think about as you post your blogs so that you get full credit:

  1. Did you do the post/comment?
  2. Was your post/comment the required word length?
  3. Did you correctly title your post?
  4. Did you address the points/questions of the prompt?
  5. Did you ‘publish’ your post?
  6. Did you categorize your post correctly?

If you have any questions post a comment on the Schedule or Grading page!

Tuesday July 5, 2016

Hi Everyone! I hope you all had an opportunity to login to the course and explore. The D2L is now active and should be visible and Week 1 quiz is available. It will be available until SUNDAY at 11:59pm – I added an extra day for you to complete it as I’m traveling and the D2L wasn’t available until later today!

Remember to comment on the weekly schedule if you have any questions or issues and I’ll get back to you ASAP!

Also, if you just added the class on D2L make sure you send me an email so I can get you access to the WordPress site.

Sunday July 3, 2016

Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a great 4th of July weekend! Just a reminder that our class starts this Tuesday July 5th! Make sure you’ve tried logging in to the WordPress site and read over the intro email/announcement. I am currently in a rural area and have limited internet access and will probably not be able to check my email again until Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning. If you have trouble logging in to the course, please email the ANP help email, anthropology [dot] courses [at] matrix [dot] msu [dot] edu and cc me on the email (make sure you put the course number in your subject line). I am making the course material for Week 1 available today, and will be a little more lenient on the grading for the week 1 blog post/comments.

Also, if you just added the class, please let me know ASAP so I can add you as a user to our course WordPress!

I’m looking forward to a great semester! Happy 4th!

Monday June 27, 2016

Welcome to ANP 203: Introduction to Archaeology (online).

My name is Nikki Silva and I will be your instructor for this course. Below, I will be answering some important questions about this summer. Our class starts a week from tomorrow so please read through this email carefully and check out our WordPress site to get some idea of what will be required of you in the course!

Also, I will be traveling for a few days next week and the following week (5th-8th and 12th-13th) and will have minimal internet access, so please be patient as you wait for responses to emails or posts on the WordPress site.

Do I have to come to campus? No.
This is an online course. There are no exams and you never have to come to campus. I am currently out of the country and in Costa Rica. I know, lucky, huh? You do need to have a high-speed Internet connection and you must log into the course website at least once a day to check for announcements.

Is this class on D2L? Yes, and no.
The bulk of the class work is run through the word press site, however your weekly quizzes and your grades (in the gradebook) are located on the D2L site.

How do I access the word press site?
You will receive an invitation to the site in your MSU email on July 1st, which includes the link. Please watch these tutorials BEFORE you visit the site so you know how to login and change your password (note that this year’s website will look different than the one in the video).

What is the username/password to watch this and other videos?
To watch this video and ALL OTHER online course videos, you will need to use the universal login information. This information has been sent to you in your introductory email from me. Please note that this is DIFFERENT from your word press login information, which is individual to you. If anyone from class asks you for the username and password, please send it via an email or direct them to the D2L “News”.  Do not post it in a blog or comment in Word Press as anyone outside the class can see it and the videos as well.

Are there any textbooks for this class? No.
All of the readings/videos will be posted on the course website under the schedule tab for that week. Once you receive an invitation to the site, you will be able to access the “Introduction” unit which includes some quick videos as well as instructions for the first blog post assignment. Each Monday, I will release the new week’s materials under the schedule tab.

I’m confused or have special circumstances, who do I ask for help?
If you have any questions about the website or the course, you have a few ways to answer them. First, you can check the Announcements page for new information.  Secondly, you can ask your classmates in word press in comments under the Schedule section, using #HELP. Finally, you can use #Nikki in your weekly posts or comments to get my attention. Please do not email the entire class via D2L. If you need to email me directly at silvani1 [at] msu [dot] edu and make sure to write ANP 203 in the subject line, open with something like, “Hi, Nikki,” and include your name and email address at the bottom.  You can see this information in more detail under Contact here on this site.

It’s after Tuesday, July 5th, and I did not receive an email invitation, what should I do?Remember, the invitation will be arriving in your MSU email so just in case, check junk mail folder. If you have not received an invitation to the course site by the end of the day on Tuesday, please send me an email and we will get it figured out. If you have your MSU email forwarded to your personal email account, make sure to check spam, Updates, Forums, etc. for the email first.

I received an invitation but now it says the link is expired, what should I do?
It is important that you click the link and set up your account within 48 hours, otherwise the invitation will expire. If this happens, send me an email and we will get it figured out.

There will not be any mass emails regarding this class. All announcements will be posted on the WordPress, so make sure you check it daily.

I am really excited about working with each of you this summer. See you online!