Hey folks – as we talked about the other week, here are the details for your take home final exam. The exam will give you an opportunity to digest the things we’ve talked about, do some synthesis, and be a little more thoughtful about what you write than you might normally be able to do in a traditional exam. However, I know that a few people have very tight schedules. So, I’m going to give you your exam questions now so that you have more breathing room to get them done.
For the exam, write an essay length response on any two of the following questions:
- Throughout the semester, we’ve talked a lot about the methods that archaeologists use to understand the past and human culture. Discuss and describe these methods. Pay particular attention to how these methods fit into the issue of research design (which we spoke about early in the semester). Be sure to provide detailed examples to support and illustrate your discussion.
- Describe and discuss the historical development of archaeology as a modern scholarly discipline. Pay particular attention to the major and most important intellectual trends which led to the foundation. Be sure to provide detailed examples to support and illustrate your discussion.
- Is archaeology a science? Is the past & human culture “knowable” through the lense of science.
- Discuss and describe pseudoarchaeology. Provide detailed examples to support and illustrate your discussion. Pay particular attention to the impact that pseudoarchaeology has on scholarly archaeology.
The exam should me sent to me via email (as a PDF, not a .doc or .docx) no later than 5pm on Wednesday, April 30th (after which it will be considered late and start incurring standard late penalties). The exam should have your name and PID on every page. In addition, be sure to note the question number at the beginning of each essay.