Greetings! Welcome to ANP491: Archaeology of Ancient Egypt! If you aren’t already registered for the class, you’ve either come to this website via the recent Boing Boing post, via Audrey Watters’ recent Weekly News Roundup post on KQED MindShift, though the social media (the class announcement has been making the RT rounds on Twitter), or simply stumbled across it via a search.
A couple of quick notes that will help you enjoy (and, more importantly, understand) the class. Archaeology is a regularly offered class in the Department of Anthropology (being taught online this summer) at Michigan State University. The class is also Open Access. This means that most of the content (video lectures, etc.) are freely available to the public. You can’t “register” for the class – like a student at MSU would (in order to get credit towards a degree). However, you can view all of the learning materials and read all of the stuff students write for the class. I also let non-registered students comment on blog posts (so you can take part in the class discussion if you want – though I moderate). There are some of the readings that non-MSU people don’t have access to (specifically journal articles) – this is for copyright purposes.
It is worth pointing out that while Michigan State University is technically part of the Open Courseware Consortium, it does not have a top level approach to Open Courseware or Open Access Courses (such as the MIT Open Courseware Initiative). This course is Open Access because I personally believe it is my responsibility as a professor at a university that is both a public institution and a Land Grant institution to work for the public good – and offering all of my classes as Open Access (not just this one) is one of the ways I do this.
Its also very important to point out that, unless otherwise stated, the materials in this class are being made available through a Creative Commons BY-NC 3.0 License. I would ask that respect that license.
This having been said, I hope you get something worthwhile out of the class.