Week 4 – Interpreting the Past: Part 1



  • 15-Question MC Quiz (15 pts):
    • Focus: Renfrew and Bahn 2 chapters and lectures
  • Reflection Blog Post (20 points):
    • Title: W4 Reflection Post
    • Category: W4 Reflection Post
    • Prompt: (400 words) In the file “The Hearth,” you learned about the archaeological study of four kinds of households – one each at four locations (Ceren, Copan, Teotihuacan, and Rome). Discuss how the households, basic units of society, differed among the four examples. What kinds of evidence are the archaeologists basing their interpretations on? What do you see as the most important kind of evidence/information for this sort of study, and why do you think that? This film dates to the early 1990s and analytical techniques have expanded since then – as your readings for this week reveal. What other kinds of analyses that you read about do you think would be interesting to do at any or all of the sites? Why?
  • Reflection Blog Comments (5 points each):
    • Prompt: (100 words each) Visit at least two other postings from this week, regarding the video you watched/discussed and leave comments for each.
  • Archaeology in the News Blog Post (10 points):
    • Title: W4 Archaeology in the News Post
    • Category: W4 Archaeology in the News Post
    • Prompt: (200 words) Find an article about archaeology in the news and discuss the significance of the find and relate it to what you have learned thus far in the course.
  • Archaeology in the News Blog Comment (5 points each)
    • Prompt: (100 words each) Comment on two other articles posted this week.

2 thoughts on “Week 4 – Interpreting the Past: Part 1

  1. I agree that in some way every household that was showed in the video were self-sufficient. The way that multiple families lived together and shared some parts of the house like the kitchen or a patio did not surprise me. In fact, in my home country (Angola) there are regions where people live in a similar way. I also agree that the artifacts found on those sites are the most important evidence, especially in the cases of Ceren and Pompeii were volcano eruptions preserved the sites. Using DNA testing to determine the relationships at each household seems to be a very astute idea.DNA testing probably evolved a lot from the time that the video was recorded to today, making it more accessible and easy to use in large scales.

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