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Hey folks – I’m going to offer up a bonus assignment for who want it/need it.  The bonus will be worth 5%.  To get it, you need to attend the Submerged History of the Adriatic – an overview of the Croatian underwater heritage lecture that is happening on campus on April 15 at 6:30 (the full details can be found here).

To get the bonus, you also need to write up a discussion of the talk (regular blog length) and post it to the course website by 5pm on Friday the 18th (no response is required like other blogs).  This post won’t take the place of other posts…it is an extra assignment that carries a bonus.

If you have any questions, give me a shout.

Talk Abstract

Submerged History of the Adriatic – an overview of the Croatian underwater heritage

Lecturer: Hrvoje Potrebica

This lecture will provide general overview of results of almost half a century of submarine archaeology in Croatia. The underwater cultural heritage of the Adriatic Sea is extremely rich and covers almost all periods and all kinds of sites: from submerged Paleolithic sites to modern shipwrecks of the 20th century. However, majority of finds belong to the Roman Period and most of them come from shipwrecks. They reflect the importance of the Adriatic Sea as one of the transport routes closest to the very heart of the Roman Empire.

Take Home Final Exam

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.

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Welcome to ANP203H: Introduction to Archaeology

Welcome to ANP203H: Introduction to Archaeology (Spring 2014).  We’ll be talking in detail about the class (assignment, student responsibilities, schedule, blah, blah, blah) in detail on the first day of class.  However, there are a couple of things that I’d like to point out/have you do ASAP:

  • You’ll be receiving an (automatically generated) email with login/password info for the course website by the weekend – keep an eye on your inbox for this.  Sometimes the MSU spam filter catches these emails.  So, if you haven’t received yours by then, give me a shout via email or talk to me in lecture.
  • Go and sign up for a Gravatar account ( A Gravatar (globbally recognized avatar) is a profile image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog (ie. the course website).  To get an account, just go to the Gravatar website, and sign up using your MSU email (using your MSU email is key).  Yes, this is a class requirement!
  • While it isn’t required, I  suggest you sign up for a Twitter account ( and follow me (  Twitter is a nice way for us to stay connected out of the classroom.  I also regularly send out interesting class related stuff over Twitter – in this case, I will use the #anp203hss13 hashtag (if you don’t know what hashtasgs are or how to use them, check this out)
  • Open Access and Open Educational Resources are a big deal in this class.  You should spend a little time becoming familiar with the Creative Commons licenses – they are important.