Week 1 – What Archaeology Is & Where It Came From

COURSE MATERIALS

ASSESSMENTS

  • 15-Question MC quiz (15 points):
    • Focus: The Fagan reading and 3 lectures
  • Reflection Blog Post (20 points):
    • Title: W1 Reflection Post
    • Category: W1 Reflection Post
    • Prompt Part 1: (5 points – 100 words) In lecture 1.1 you were asked to pause the lecture and write down your thoughts on what you think about archaeology as you come into the course. Using your notes, write a brief synopsis. You may use the categories discussed in the lecture, but you are not limited to them.
    • Prompt Part 2: (15 points – 400 words) The “Archaeology: A Journey into the Past”, video you watched on archaeology along the Colorado River discusses a modern archaeology project. Using the film as your modern day example of how and why archaeology is done, discuss what makes this modern approach different from the early historical roots of archaeology. Also consider how the film is similar or different than depictions of archaeology you’ve seen in popular media.
    • **Please put both prompts on one blog post but use headers to separate them.
  • Reflection Blog Comments (5 points each):
    • Prompt: (100 words each) Read at least 2 other postings from this week, regarding the video you watched/discussed and leave comments for each.
  • Changing Your Profile Display Name/Setting Up A Gravatar (5 points total):
    • Profile Display Name:

    Once you log into the WordPress site for the first time, you will be prompted to  change your password and update your profile information. In the “nickname” field, type in you full first and last name (e.g. “Susanna Gomez”). Then make sure you select this option in the “Display name publicly as” field. Doing this serves three purposes. (1) It helps me find your comments for grading purposes; (2) it makes you feel more like a real person when interacting with your classmates; (3) its an easy 10 points in the course. Though you would be surprised how many people just don’t bother doing it. Don’t be that person. Get your points!

    If you forgot to do this step, you can easily edit your profile by going to the dashboard, hovering over “Users” and clicking “Your Profile”. Click on the thumbnail/screenshot below to see what I mean.

    Display name

    • Setting up a Gravatar: 

    This is basically an image/avatar that is associated with all of the comments you make on the course website and puts a ‘face’/image with your updated display name so I know who you are. If you are not comfortable using your own headshot, you are welcome to pick any appropriate image to use as your gravatar. To create a gravatar, go to website and click on the “Create your own gravatar” button. Click on the thumbnail/screen shot below for detailed instructions in yellow.

    Gravatar instructions

    To know if your gravatar worked, go to a comment you have left (or leave a comment) and see if the image is showing up (like my example below).

    Comment gravatar

7 thoughts on “Week 1 – What Archaeology Is & Where It Came From

    • The password for logging in to the lecture videos is not the same as your WordPress – check the ‘news’ section on the course d2l for the password (because it’s a universal password, I can’t post it here).

  1. I am not able to access the lecture videos. When I click on this link “http://anthropology.msu.edu/anp203-us16/lecture-videos/what-archaeology-is-and-is-not/” It asks for a password, I tried putting my wordpress password but it didn’t work. Was anyone else able to get through?

    • Jaiwant, the password for logging in to the lecture videos is not the same as your WordPress – check the ‘news’ section on the course d2l for the password (because it’s a universal password, I can’t post it here).

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