As promised, here is the info for the course wiki (http://classwiki.matrix.msu.edu) and for the archaeological site report.
Firs, the guidelines for the archaeological site report. Generally speaking, I would like it to include the following sections/content:
- Introduction to location, geography, geology, setting, etc.
- Discussion of excavations – both past and present
- Results and significance of excavations
- Conclusion – importance of site & excavations, how it fits into overall egyptian archaeology (and related to other similar sites), etc.
In terms of sources, I far prefer archaeological and egyptological sources (articles, books, book chapters, websites, etc written by actual archaeologists and egyptologists) as opposed to sources that write about the site from a generally uninformed or casual perspective. I don’t care whether the sources are digital or physical. Sources such as wikipedia, about.com, dictionary.com, etc, etc, etc are not not acceptable (wikipedia is always a good place to start, but it isn’t an acceptable authoritative source). I would suggest looking to Google books as they seem to have digitized a lot of the early (early 20th century) Egpyptian archaeological sources.
Also (as I said in last week’s weekly intro video), I’ve prepared a short screencast tutorial on working with the course wiki. You can find it in the Tutorial Videos section of the course website.
I also promised a handy-dandy guide/cheat sheet for wiki formatting:
Its also likely that you’ll be including images in your site report (remember, images have to be cited as well). Here is an intro on how you can do that: