Assignments & Grading

While all assignments will be graded on a point scale (ie. 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. The final grade will be calculated using the following scale:

  • 90 – 100 = 4.0
  • 85 – 89.99 = 3.5
  • 80 – 84.99 = 3.0
  • 75 – 79.99 = 2.5
  • 70 – 74.99 – 2.0
  • 65 – 69.99 = 1.5
  • 60 – 64.99 = 1.0
  • <60 = 0

Your final grade will be based on the following criteria:

Midterm (25%) – will include true/false, multiple choice, fill in the blank, and short answer questions. The material covered in the midterm exam will be based on the class discussions, lectures, class videos (if any) and required reading from weeks 1-7.

Final Exam (35%) – will include true/false, multiple choice, fill in the blank, and short answer questions. The material covered in the final exam will be based on the class discussions, lectures, class videos (if any) and required reading from weeks 8-16. This exam isn’t cumulative. However, it will be a little larger/longer than the midterm exam (mostly because there is a little more material covered).

Blog Post/Responses (20%) – throughout the semester, students will be required to write a series of 4 posts to the course blog. The subject of each Blog Post should be a thoughtful commentary on an issue, article (online or physical), or lecture topic of the student’s choosing (relating to archaeological research and discoveries). Students are welcome to (thoughtfully) reflect on that week’s reading if they wish.  In some cases, your professor will challenge you with specific questions or issues that you will need to address in your Blog Post.  In these cases, the prompt/question will appear on the relevant week in the Schedule or be discussed in class .

Each Blog Post must be at least 400 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 250 words.  Posts are (usually) due by 5pm on Thursday, and the responses are due by 5pm on Sunday. Students must complete both the 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.  No partial credit is given for partially complete Blog Posts/Responses.

Archaeological Discovery Project (20%) – In this assignment, students will choose a site (or a specific archaeological discovery) and write about it. Instead of being physically handed in, students will put their Archaeological Discovery Project on the class wiki (refer to the Resources section of the course website for a video tutorial on working with the course wiki).  The Archaeological Discovery Project must be at least 1600 words in length (more is perfectly fine).

Students will select a site/discovery from a list that will be made available later in the semester. Upon choosing a site/discovery, students must email the Adam (course TA) immediately to claim their choice (so that two students don’t write on the same site). If students write on a site/discovery that they didn’t claim beforehand, they will not receive credit. Students can choose to write on a site/discovery that isn’t on the list – they just need to get it approved by Ethan beforehand.

The Archaeological Discovery Project should address the following questions/issues

  • What is the site/discovery?
  • What is the context in which it was found/excavated/etc?
  • Why is it important?
  • What did the discovery contribute to our overall understanding of the past and culture (either specifically – within the region or time period – or broadly)

This translates (roughy) into:

  • introduce the site/discovery
  • discuss the history of the discovery/excavation
  • discuss why the site/discovery is important/meaningful.
If students think that it is important to add more sections, they should absolutely do so.

Some guidelines/things to think about with the Archaeological Discovery Project:

  • 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).
  • No, an abstract isn’t required
  • 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.
  • Students must have at least 5 sources/references (this doesn’t count any cited images). More sources is, of course, perfectly fine. The sources can be digital or physical. However, they have to be scholarly in nature.  If you are confused as to what constitutes “scholarly in nature,” ask. Here is a really good source for determining the quality of an online source:
  • All images must be referenced as properly.  Try to use Creative Commons licensed works. Here is a hint to find creative commons licensed images – use the CC Search engine. Also, for specific archaeological images that are creative commons licensed, you should look at the ISAW Ancient World Image Bank.
  • Wikipedia (and similar sites like, Encyclopedia Britannic  etc.) are absolutely acceptable sources. Remember, Wikipedia is a great place to start, but it shouldn’t be something you cite as a source on a piece of work.
  • Check out digital archaeology repositories such as tDAR and ADS. You might also want to check out Open Context – which is a publication platform for primary archaeological data.

Students can choose one of the following sites or suggest their own:

  1. Alexandria (Underwater Archaeology) – Austin Lo
  2. Valley of the Kings (Amenhotep II, Horemheb and Seti I) – Emma Greene
  3. Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump – Marshall Cartwright
  4. El Zotz –Dejonia Mitchell 
  5. Skellig Michael – Daniel O’Rourke
  6. Clonmacnoise – Jennifer Jones 
  7. Brooman Point Village
  8. Troy – Mack Sims 
  9. Inuksuk Point – Evan Wahl
  10. Keatley Creek Archaeological Site – Madison Wallock
  11. L’Anse aux Meadows – Ashley Stradinger
  12. Port au Choix Archaeological Site
  13. Ratcliff Site, Wendat (Huron) Ancestral Village
  14. Southwold Earthworks
  15. Moose Mountain Medicine Wheel – Emily Seekell
  16. Wanuskewin
  17. Angel Mounds – Caroline Voisine
  18. Aztalan – Mark Mangliers
  19. Caddo Mounds
  20. Dickson Mounds
  21. Emerald Mound Site
  22. Etowah Mounds
  23. Holly Bluff Site – Glen Gruber
  24. Kincaid Mounds
  25. Moundville – Curtis Punches
  26. Ocmulgee
  27. Parkin Site
  28. Spiro Mounds
  29. Canyon De Chelly
  30. Casa Grande
  31. Homolovi Ruins
  32. Pueblo Grande – Justin Mrkva
  33. Crow Canyon
  34. Mesa Verde – Meghan Faught
  35. Chaco Canyon – Brian Wyss
  36. Pueblo Bonita – Danielle Heger
  37. Calakmul – Kathryn Richards
  38. Chichen Itza – Megan Reed
  39. Copán – Chelsea Hull
  40. Dos Pilas – Kelsey Roseman
  41. Mayapan – Anna Boucard
  42. El Mirador – Jane Katze
  43. Palenque – Nathan Santoscoy
  44. Uxmal – Clayton Batko
  45. Yaxchilan – Tessa Biallas
  46. Chavín de Huantar – Jack Miller
  47. Chan Chan – Sean Weston
  48. Nazca- Allie Richardson
  49. Huaca del Sol/Huaca del Sol
  50. Tiwanaku – Keenan Noyes 
  51. Blackwater Draw – Kailei Trykowski
  52. Cueva de las Manos – Shelby Bishop
  53. Mummy Cave – Kelsey Baker 
  54. Lehner Mammoth-Kill Site – Aaron Johnson
  55. Monte Verde – Danny Gallagher
  56. Avebury – Alison Hamilton
  57. Sutton Hoo – Sean Weston
  58. Flag Fen – Jonathan DiClemente
  59. Skara Brae – Dannielle Lyttle
  60. Duggleby Howe
  61. Pentre Ifan
  62. Fairy Toot 
  63. Cissbury Ring
  64. Offa’s Dyke
  65. Wroxeter Roman City – Hunter Sarah
  66. Old Sarum – Ben Peck
  67. Petra – Andrea Cohn
  68. Pompeii – Justin Kenton
  69. Ajanta Caves – Brian Chivers
  70. Harrapa – John Lynch
  71. Mohenjo Daro – Brad Yurgens
  72. Persepolis – Nick Tower
  73. Le Moustier – Michelle St. Cyr
  74. Uruk – Jennings Jin
  75. Çatalhöyük – Dan Lewandowski
  76. Knosos – Jonathon Bauman
  77. Göbekli Tepe – Madison Ahmad
  78. Newgrange – Jennifer Fisher
  79. Ostia Antica – Kelsey Sloan
  80. Hierakonpolis
  81. Buto
  82. Butrint
  83. Palmyra – Erica Plotas
  84. Mycenae – Sam Rothwell 
  85. Goree Island- Kathryn Jercich
  86. Tyre – Lindsay Brubaker
  87. Byblos – John Conte
  88. Ballbek
  89. Hattusha – Yi Kang
  90. Delos – José Garza
  91. Gebel Barkal
  92. Cyrene –  Mat Wroby
  93. Delphi – Alexandra Roach
  94. Olympia – Nathan Mrozek
  95. Siwa Oasis – Keila Fitzpatrick
  96. Bahariya Oasis
  97. Barbar Temple – Erik Joergens-Kokate
  98. Bat
  99. Nicopolis ad Istrum – Ryan Monahan
  100. Angkor Wat – Tommy Vento
  101. Angkor Tom – Kimberly Schreiber
  102. Easter Island – Nico Kennedy
  103. Banpo – He Xin
  104. Zhoukoudian – Jackie Gagie 
  105. Bashidang
  106. Amarna – Tessa McManus
  107. Grotte du Vallonnet
  108. Glanum
  109. Isthmia
  110. Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb
  111. Lothal – Sammy Kramer 
  112. Dholavira
  113. Susa
  114. Shanidar – Dmitriy Lavender
  115. Jarmo
  116. Nimrud – Mitchell Reddan
  117. Ur – Dylan Hawthorne 
  118. Sannai-Maruyama
  119. ‘Ain Ghazal
  120. Gerasa (Jerash)
  121. Volubilis – Matthew Volchoff
  122. Borre Mound Cemetery
  123. Gokstad Ship Burial – Alan Wolfe
  124. Oseberg Ship Burial – Johanna McKenzie
  125. Histria – Jacob Diljak
  126. Arkaim – Travis Brenner
  127. Pazyryk Burials – Erica Bingham
  128. Sintashta
  129. Gamla Uppsala
  130. Vendel – Kevin Crimmins
  131. Ebla
  132. Carthage – Chris Hunt
  133. Burton Fleming
  134. Calleva Atrebatum/Silchester
  135. Star Carr – Zachary Haar
  136. Zafar
  137. Terracotta Army – Alek Guettler

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