Anthropology 3- Introduction to Archaeology
Stuart Tyson Smith
In this introductory archaeology course, we spend three weeks on the basic
methods and theoretical approaches used by archaeologists to reconstruct the
past, and the remaining seven weeks on major developments in human society, with a focus on how those techniques allow us to reconstruct the past. These
include human origins, the peopling of the globe, the origins of agriculture,
ancient Egyptian and Mayan civilization, Classical and Historical Archaeology,
and finally the relevance of Archaeology today. Anthropology 3 combines selfpaced
learning through the Study Guide and the course Web site, along with 3
lectures and 1 section meeting per week. This course is 5.0 units of credit, so be
prepared for some extra work, particularly writing essays throughout the course.
It satisfies the writing and Area D University GE requirements.
- Lecture: MWF 11:00-11:50, Embarcadero Hall.
- Web: http://www.anth.ucsb.edu/faculty/stsmith/classes/anth3/
- WARNING : ATTENDANCE IN SECTION IS MANDATORY.
Wednesdays, 2-4, HSSB 1003. Or you can make an appointment, preferably by
emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 893-7887.
TA contact hours will be given to you in section and be posted to the web site.
- Anthropology 3 Study Guide – the ESSENTIAL guide to the course -
download it from the web site. Look to it as a course schedule with detailed
information about reading and written assignments, and supplemental readings.
- Brian Fagan, Archaeology, a Brief Introduction. 9th Ed. Prentice Hall.
- Brian Fagan, World Prehistory. 7th Edition. Prentice Hall.
- Note that the Web site also contains exercises and materials essential for the
course, and must be used in combination with the Study Guide.
- The Assignments page on the web site also provides a detailed list of weekly
assignments and exercises:
YOU ARE WARNED THAT UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS REGARDING
CHEATING, PLAGIARISM, AND OTHER FORMS OF ACADEMIC
DISHONESTY ARE STRICTLY ENFORCED IN THIS COURSE. ALL
DOCUMENTED CASES WILL BE FORWARDED TO THE DEAN OF
STUDENTS OFFICE FOR DISCIPLINARY ACTION. THIS INCLUDES
COPYING CONTENT FROM A WEB SITE OR ANY OTHER SOURCE
WITHOUT QUOTATION MARKS AND A CITATION.
Work Expected & Grading
- Attendance at Sections (25%), including participation in discussion and
your work from exercises as indicated in the Study Guide. These are to be
delivered to your TA’s in Section on the dates indicated in the Study Guide
and on the Assignments web page. You will be allowed one free absence, but
any un-excused missed meeting after that WILL be penalized. Even if you
miss section you are expected to hand in that week’s written work - missing
assignments lowers your grade!
- Mid-term essay (25%), a take-home assignment running approximately 4-6
pages, covering the first three weeks of the course. Be sure to indicate your
name, section and TA on the cover page that you can download from the web
site. The essay topic will be posted on the Web and discussed in Section. Full
information on the specification for the essay and our evaluation procedures,
which include grammar and style, are given in the Study Guide introduction
and Writing Guide. Due by 5 pm, Monday, April 28, HSSB 1003.
- Final Essay (25%) a take-home assignment running approximately 4-6 pages,
on a topic to be posted to the web site. Be sure to indicate your name, section
and TA on the cover page that you can download from the web site. The
essay topic will be posted on the Web and discussed in Section. Full
information on the style specifications for the essay and our evaluation
procedures, which include grammar and style, are given in the Study Guide
introduction and Writing Guide. Due by 5 pm, Monday, June 2, HSSB 1003.
- Final Exam (25%) a comprehensive multiple choice exam that focuses on the
second half of the course, incorporating lectures, films, readings and work
from the Study Guide and Web site. A detailed study sheet will be handed
out around 8th week. The Final exam is in Embarcadero Hall, Thursday,
June 12, 12-3 pm. Bring a Scantron form.
Incompletes are only given for documented serious illness or immediate family
bereavement. Please be warned that by University regulations an Incomplete
cannot be given retroactively. You MUST contact Prof. Smith before the end of
the quarter (ie: Finals Week).
Completion of the Web exercises is an essential part of the course. If you do not
have access to the Web from home, or you have an older computer that has problems
running some of the exercises, you can access the materials from any of the computer
labs on campus, but in particular you should use the two LSIT labs: 2525 Ellison and
1203 HSSB. You will need to have the latest versions of Quicktime Player, Shockwave,
Flash Player, and Acrobat Reader in order to use the courseware.
Welcome and good luck!
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