Schedule

Week 1

1/12

  • Introduction to the course

1/15

  • What is Archaeology
  • What do Archaeologists do?
  • Archaeology as Science
  • What is Science?
  • Archaeology as Anthropology

Readings

  • Linking to the Past: A Brief Introduction to Archaeologypp. 40-59

Week 2

1/19

  • The Roots of Archaeology

1/21

  • The Roots of Archaeology (continued)

Week 3

1/26

  • The Roots of Archaeology (continued)

1/28

  • Structure of Modern Archaeological Inquiry

Readings

  • Linking to the Past: A Brief Introduction to ArchaeologyChapter 3

Week 4

2/2

  • Fieldwork: Survey

Readings

  • Linking to the Past: A Brief Introduction to ArchaeologyChapter 5 & 6

2/4

  • Introduction to LEADR, introduction to the Digital Encyclopedia of Archaeologists project.
  • Fieldwork: Survey (continued)

Week 5

2/9

  • Fieldwork: Excavation

Readings

  • Linking to the Past: A Brief Introduction to ArchaeologyChapter 7

2/11

  • Fieldwork: Excavation (continued)

Assignments

  • Blog #1 Due (post Due Thursday by 5pm, response due Sunday by 5pm)

Week 6

2/16

  • Analyzing Artifacts

Readings

  • Linking to the Past: A Brief Introduction to ArchaeologyChapter 10

2/18

  • Analyzing Artifacts (continued)

Week 7

2/23

  • Analyzing Artifacts (continued)
  • Midterm Exam Q&A

2/25

  • Midterm Exam

Assignments

  • Choose your archaeologist (for the Digital Encyclopedia of Archaeologists) by 2/26 (before 5pm).  Email Ethan with your selection.  Those students who don’t make their choice by the due date will be randomly assigned an archaeologist from those remaining.

Week 8

3/1

  • Today, the class will meet in the LEADR lab (Old Hort 112).  This will be the first of your digital skills workshops for the Digital Encyclopedia of Archaeologists class project.

Required Activities

3/3

  • Today, the class will meet in the LEADR lab (Old Hort 112).  This will be the second of your digital skills workshops for the Digital Encyclopedia of Archaeologists class project.

Required Activities

Assignments

  • Blog #2 Due (post Due Thursday by 5pm, response due Sunday by 5pm)

Week 9

  • No classes – Spring Break!

Week 10

3/15

  • Dating in Archaeology

Readings

  • Linking to the Past: A Brief Introduction to ArchaeologyChapter 8

3/17

  • Reconstructing the Environment of the Past
  • Reconstructing and Understanding Diets of the Past

Readings

  • Linking to the Past: A Brief Introduction to ArchaeologyChapter 9 & 11

Assignments

  • Wikipedia Edit Project Discussion post due (Friday by 5pm  – no response required).  Edits to your chosen Wikipedia article are due by March 11  at the absolute latest.

Week 11

3/22

  • Archaeology in the Digital Age

3/24

  • Archaeology in the Digital Age (continued)

Assignments

  • Blog #3 Due (post Due Thursday by 5pm, response due Sunday by 5pm)

Week 12

This week, we will not be meeting face to face.  Instead, all of the lectures will be virtual.  A link to the lecture video will be posted here at the beginning of the week.

Digital Archaeology Today

Introduction to Pseudoarchaeology

Pseudoarchaeology: Ancient Astronauts

3/29

  • Temples, Tombs, and Spaceships: Science, Pseudoscience & Archaeology

Readings

3/31

  • Temples, Tombs, and Spaceships: Science, Pseudoscience & Archaeology (continued)

Week 13

4/5

  • Today, the class will meet in the LEADR lab (Old Hort 112).  This is dedicated time for you to work on your Digital Encyclopedia of Archaeologists project.  LEADR staff will be there to help out with technical issues, answer questions.  We’ll also use this time to do a refresher on all the parts of the project and the development workflow.  This class is mandatory (just like all other classes)

4/7

  • Today, the class will meet in the LEADR lab (Old Hort 112).  This is dedicated time for you to work on your Digital Encyclopedia of Archaeologists project.  LEADR staff will be there to help out with technical issues, answer questions.  This class is mandatory (just like all other classes)

Week 14

4/12

Today, I’m in lovely Lincoln, Nebraska for a conference.  A link to a video lecture will be posted here in order to cover the material we need to cover. So, we won’t be meeting face-to-face today, but will be back in the class on 4/14.

Pseudoarchaeology: Ancient America

Pseudoarchaeology: Lost Continents and Sunken Civilizations

  • Temples, Tombs, and Spaceships: Science, Pseudoscience & Archaeology (continued)

4/14

  • Digital Encyclopedia of Archaeologists session (to makeup for last week’s power outage session in LEADR).  We won’t meet in LEADR.  Instead, Brian will come to our regular class and cover some of the things he wanted to cover.  If you have a laptop, be sure to bring it.

Week 15

4/19

  • Preserving and Protecting Archaeological Heritage
  • The Social Context of Archaeology
  • Politics and Patrimony
  • Archaeology & the Law
  • Heritage and Archaeology in Conflict Zones
  • Heritage and Archaeology of Genocide
Readings

4/21

  • Preserving and Protecting Archaeological Heritage (continued)

Week 16

4/26

  • Guest Lecture: NAGPRA

4/28

  • The Future of Archaeology
  • Why Should We Care About Archaeology

Assignments

  • Blog #4 Due (post Due Thursday by 5pm, response due Sunday by 5pm). Prompt: Whose heritage is it?  Who owns the past?  Is the past a thing that can be owned?

Final Exam

  • The final exam is take home – details will be posted to the course website (on the top of the blog page) at least by the Friday before finals week.  Take-home Final Exam Due May 4th before 5pm.

Bonus Blog Post

  • Bonus blog post (worth the same as the regular blogs)  Doesn’t require a response at all.  Post due Tuesday, May 3rd before 5pm.  In the blog post, address the following question: “Why does archaeology matter to you?”

Digital Encyclopedia of Archaeologists

  • The DEoA project is due on Friday (the 6th) by 5pm.  Do a pull request to include your work into the main DEoA repository.  The pull request is what you do to “hand in” the project.  When you are doing that pull request, include something like “handing in final project” in the pull request message.

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