Essentials of Archaeology looks
at how archaeologists study contemporary material remains –house ruins,
garbage, broken and lost items of past societies – to understand behavior
and cultures of the past.
There are two major sections
of the course. In the first part you will learn about the questions that
archaeologists ask, the methods that archaeologists
use to organize data and identify patterns in past behavior, and theories
that give meaning to these patterns. In the
second part we will review case studies of archaeological research.
Rules of the
These rules are simple guidelines.
Most of them involve showing consideration and respect for your fellow students.
Some of them will help you to do better in the course. A few of them
are just things that tick me off.
- I try to start each class
with an overview of the topic. Often I present a quick outline
of the issues. It helps you to understand the lecture and to
take notes, when you know the lecture’s goal. If you are often
late, leave home a little earlier. It is much better to be
ten minutes early and review notes and chat with friends than to
come in ten minutes late and not have a clue about what is going on
for another ten minutes. Be on time.
- If a question comes to mind
when you are doing an assignment, write it down.
Bring questions to class.
- If you have a question during
class, please ask. You probably are not the only one with a
question. Other people will be grateful, and I appreciate the
chance to clear up any misunderstandings early.
- When you come to see me
during office hours, please bring your class notebook. I will want
to look through it. Often I can spot the source of confusion
quickly in your notes.
- Plagiarism. It is theft
any time you present someone else's work as your own work.
It does not matter if it is an exam, a short report or even extra
credit, it is a major offense. The college is a world of ideas,
stealing ideas is serious.