Assignments & Grading

While all assignments will be graded on a point scale (15/20) and the running tally of the semester grade on ANGEL will be displayed as percent, final grades will be given on a 4.0 scale. When calculated, the final course grade will be mathematically converted to a grade on the 4.0 scale, and then rounded either up or down to the nearest 0.5 increment (ex: 3.0, 3.5, 4.0). For example, a 78% (overall) in the class would convert to 3.12 on the 4.0 scale. This would then be rounded down to a 3.0 (which is the grade that would be received). This means that a 90% does not equate to a 4.0!

Blog Entries/Responses (20%) – throughout the semester, students will be required to post a sereis of entries to the course blog. The subject of each weekly Blog entry should be a thoughtful commentary on an issue, article (online or physical), or lecture topic of the student’s choosing (relating to egyptian archaeology – broadly defined).  The entry must be at least 300 words in length (though students are welcome to write more than that if they want).   In addition to the posts, students are expected to respond to at least one post made by their fellow students.  The responses must be at least 200 words.  Posts are (usually) due by 5pm on each Tuesday, and the responses are due by 5pm on each Friday. Students must complete both that week’s entry and response in order to get credit for the assignment.  If students meet all of the requirements for the assignment (due date, length requirement, entry + response), they will receive full credit.  If students don’t meet all of the requirements, they will not receive credit at all.

Research Paper (35%): Students are expected to write a critical research paper (on a subject of their choice – within the context of the class topic). Instead of handing it in, the paper will be placed on the class wiki. The research paper must be a minimum 3000 words. The topic of the research article is completely up to the student (but must be within the context of the class subject). If you are unfamiliar with APA formatting, check out this resource.  Some general thoughts on the Research Article:

  • Some of the required features of APA style and formatting conflict with the fact that the articles are living on a wiki, and not on sheets of paper.  So, there are some features (like title page, page numbers, etc.) that simply don’t work with the online format – don’t worry at all about including those.  When it comes to citation, you are going to have to go either with end notes or inline parenthetical citation (with a works cited/bibliography list at the end) – footnotes won’t work (obviously) because there aren’t any discreet pages in the week (at the bottom of which you would put your footnotes).  The other thing that is required is the abstract (which does not count towards your minimum word count).
  • Meeting the minimum word count is a requirement of the assignment.  If students don’t meet that minimum word count, they will be docked significantly.
  • APA style and formatting (taking into account what was said above) is a requirement for the assignment.  Students who don’t meet this requirement will be docked significantly.
  • Yes, and abstract is required.  No, it does not could towards your overall wordcount.
  • Students who do not conform their proposed topic will be docked significantly.
  • The topic of your paper should exhibit “bigger” thinking – you need to exhibit some intellectual synthesis.
  • This is an archaeology research paper, not a history research paper
  • This is a research paper.  As such, it requires a strong intellectual focus supported by research.
  • Scholarly sources are required (online or physical). If you are confused as to what constitutes a “Scholarly source,” ask.

Here is a copy of the rubric that will be used to grade the Wiki Article

Research Paper Proposal (10%) – Students are required to write a minimum 500 word proposal for their final research paper.  The proposal is intended to introduce (and briefly explore) your topic, discuss why your topic is meaningful and important, introduce your primary intelectual focus, and discuss the sources you are going to use.  Student should also include at least 3 specific sources – as an example of available research material.  Proposals need to be posted to the course wiki.  Wikipedia (and similar sites like, etc.) are not acceptable sources.

Archaeological Site Report (20%) – Critical review and synthesis of work (and results of that work) of an archaeological site of the student’s choosing (suggested list below).  report should be at least 1500 words (though, if a students wants to write more, they are certainly welcome to).  Like the research paper, the archaeological site report must be posted to the course wiki.

Suggested Archaeological Sites:

  • el-Adaïma
  • Gebelein – Kailey Shelton
  • Kom Abu Bello
  • Kom el-Hisn
  • el-Lisht – Veronica French
  • Marea
  • Medamud
  • Hierakonpolis – Pat Bird
  • Abu Roash – Ryan Reid
  • Antinoopolis – Michelle Teets 
  • Berenike Panchrysos
  • Bir Umm Fawakhir
  • Dakhla Oasis, Ismant el-Kharab
  • Deir el-Ballas
  • Dorginarti
  • el-Kab – Bethany Slon
  • Gebel Barkal
  • Gebel el-Haridi – Autumn Beyer
  • Gebel el-Silsila
  • Gebelein/Naga el-Gherira
  • Medinet Gurob
  • Hu/Hiw (Diospolis Parva)
  • Kafr Tarkhan (Kafr Ammar)
  • Karnak, precinct of Mut – Hayden Moore
  • Karnak, precinct of Montu – Christie-Jasmine Valle
  • Kerma – Emily Niespodziewanski
  • Kom el-Hisn
  • Marea
  • Marsa Matruh
  • Mazghuna
  • Naga ed-Deir
  • Abydos, Temple of Seti I – Michael Province
  • Abydos, Ramses II Cenotaph Temple – Hillary Spruit 
  • El Kab
  • Amarna – Lauren Hall
  • Mut el-Kharab (Dakhla Oasis)
  • Elephantine – Jodi Fry
  • Heracleopolis – Chris Worst 
  • Kom Ombo – Marissa D’Agostino 
  • el-Kurru
  • el-Kurru
  • Medinet Habu
  • Deir el-Medina – Allison Apland
  • Mis Island
  • Kulubnarti – Ashley Kendall
  • Mis Island – Jen Vollner
  • Semna South – Julie Fleischman

Upon choosing a site, students should email the instructor immediately (so that two students don’t write on the same site)

Bonus Archaeological Site Report Wikipedia Assignment (10%).  Using your site report, create a wikipedia page.  If an existing page exists for your site, add a significant amount of content to that page.  Either way (new page or adding content to an existing page), you must make significant additions in order to get credit for this bonus assignment (this is a big bonus assignment, after all).  All changes must be made under a pseudonym (which means you need to create a wikipedia account).  You should email Ethan with your pseudonym and a brief description of the changes you made by the assignment due date. This assignment is not about whether your changes survive.  I’m not at all concerned if your changes get reverted back 5 minutes after you make them.  Instead, the assignment is about the quality & quantity of edits that you made.

Discussion/Participation/Class Citizenship (15%) – Discussion/interaction/participation plays an important role in this class.  Students are expected to be informed participants in all aspects of the class, contributing to the overall healthiness of the teaching/learning experience (yes, that includes attndence).


ANP491 has a lot of writing assignments.  When completing their formal writing assignments, students MUST use APA style and formatting.  If you are unfamiliar with APA style and formatting, check out this website.

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