Schedule

WEEK 1

  • No class

WEEK 2

1/15

  • No class

1/17

  • Introduction to the class (what you are getting into, what is expected of students, etc.)

WEEK 3

1/22 & 1/23

  • What is it that archaeologists do anyway
  • What can archaeology tell us about the past and human culture
  • How archaeologists do what they do
  • What is pseudoarchaeology, and why is it a bad thing?

Readings

  • World Prehistory, Chapter 1

WEEK 4

1/29 & 1/31

  • Brief Intro to course blogging
  • A brief history of archaeology (yes, this is important to this class…really important)

WEEK 5

2/5 & 2/7

  • Egypt Uncovered: Pyramid, the Resurrection Machine
  • The Great Pyramids of Giza
  • The Pyramids: of Slaves, Secret Codes, and the Storehouse of Joseph
  • The Great Pyramid of Giza in a Modern Archaeological Context
  • Who Built the Pyramids: Exploring the Lost City of the Pyramids

Readings

  • World Prehistory, pp. 250-266

Assignments

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

WEEK 6

2/12 & 2/14

  • The Discovery of Tutankhamun
  • Tutankamun in a Modern Archaeological Context

Readings

  • World Prehistory, pp. 250-266

WEEK 7

2/19 & 2/21

  • Myth of the Moundbuilders
  • Mississipians in a Modern Archaeological Context

Readings

  • World Prehistory, pp. 194-197

WEEK 8

2/26

  • (CATCHUP)
  • The Discovery of Tutankhamun
  • Tutankamun in a Modern Archaeological Context

2/28

  • (CATCHUP)
  • Myth of the Moundbuilders
  • Mississipians in a Modern Archaeological Context

 

Assignments

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

WEEK 9

  • No classes, Spring Break

WEEK 10

3/12

  • MIDTERM

3/14

  • Mississipians in a Modern Archaeological Context (cont)

WEEK 11

3/19 & 3/21

  • Cave of Forgotten Dreams
  • The Upper Paleolithic – Lascaux in Context

Readings

  • World Prehistory, Chapter 4

WEEK 12

3/26 & 3/28

  • Stonehenge
  • Megaliths & Henges
  • Stonehenge in a Modern Archaeological Context.

Assignments

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

WEEK 13

4/2 & 4/4

  • Ghosts of Machu Picchu
  • The World of the Ancient Inca
  • NO CLASS ON THURSDAY: ETHAN IN NYC AT CONFERENCE

Readings

  • World Prehistory, Chapter 14

WEEK 14

4/9 & 4/11

  • Tikal
  • The Ancient World of the Maya

Readings

  • World Prehistory, Chapters 12 & 13

WEEK 15

4/16 & 4/18

  • Franklin Expedition
  • Buried in Ice

Assignments

  • Archaeological Discovery Project due on Friday (the 19th) before midnight

WEEK 16

4/23 & 4/25

  • Great Zimbabwe
  • The Late Iron Age Kingdom of Zimbabwe

Readings

  • World Prehistory, pp. 267-276
Assignments
  • Blog #4 Due; post due on Thursday (5pm), response due on Sunday (5pm)

FINAL EXAM

  • Monday, April 29, 12:45-2:45 p.m. (regular classroom)

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