Anth 220 - Introduction to Archaeology

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Course Description

This course provides an introduction to theory in archaeological research, data collection, and analysis. The objective is to familiarize the student with the strategies that are employed in the investigation of archaeological remains and how these strategies further the aims of an anthropological archaeology.

The first part of the course introduces fundamental concepts and explores the nature of archaeological research. The middle part discusses major methodological issues; it examines how we discover what we think we know about the past. In the final part we consider the different theoretical frameworks within which archaeological research is conducted.

The course outline follows the organization of the Renfrew & Bahn text (see below). Homework assigned in the discussion sections enables you to apply the course materials to case studies. To help integrate the lectures and case studies, short in-class writing tasks are assigned throughout the semester.


Course Outline

Lecture

Section

Topic

Assigned Reading

23 Aug

 

Introduction

RB-Introduction

 

25 Aug

Section Organizational Meeting

 

28-30 Aug

 

Archaeology as Anthropology; History of Archaeology

RB-Chap 1

 

1 Sep

History of Archaeology

 

6-11 Sep

 

Archaeological Data and Contexts

RB-Chap 2

 

8 Sep

Pella: An Archeological Project in Jordan

 

13-18 Sep

 

Site Reconnaissance, Survey, & Excavations

RB-Chap 3

 

15 Sep

Khina Ethnoarchaeology

  Khina Handout

20 Sep

 
Visit Archaeology Labs (meet at Nuclear Physics Lab)
 
 
22 Sep
Quiz
 

25-27 Sep

 

Dating and Chronologies

RB-Chap 4, but
skip 167-174

 

29 Sep

Construct Types

Types Handout

2-4 Oct

 

Social Archaeology

RB-Chap 5

 

6 Oct

Power, Prestige and Wealth

 

10-12 Oct

 

Past Environments

RB-Chap 6

 

14 Oct

Review session

 

16 Oct
 

First Exam

 

18 Oct

 

Subsistence & Diet

RB-Chap 7

 

20 Oct

Barchester Archaeological Sequence

Barchester Handout

23-25 Oct

 

Technology

RB-Chap 8

 

27 Oct

The Tree of Iron

 

30 Oct - 1 Nov

 

Trade & Exchange

RB-Chap 9

 

3 Nov

Trade at Occaneechi Town

Occaneechi Handout

6-8 Nov

 

Ideology, Symbolism, and Cognitive Approaches

RB-Chap 10

 

10 Nov

Quiz

 

13-15 Nov

 

Archaeology of People

RB-Chap 11

 

17 Nov

Representations of the Past

 

20-24 Nov
 
No Classes: Thanksgiving Break
 
27 Nov   Future of the Past
RB-Chap 14
29 Nov - 4 Dec  

Explanation in Archaeology

RB-Chap 12 & 13

 

1 Dec

Who Owns the Past?

 

6 Dec

 

Course Summary

 

 

8 Dec

Review for Second Exam
 

14 Dec

 

Final Exam (8-11 am)

 

Textbook

Grading & Exams

Your grade will be based on your performance on 2 exams, 2 quizzes, and 10 discussion section exercise/homework assignments. A total of 2 additional final grade points may be earned by extra credit assignments, which will be announced on the class web page throughout the semester. Attendance at the lectures and discussion sections is mandatory; three or more unexcused absences will lower your total final grade by 5 points.

Exam/Assignments Date Final Grade
Discussion Section
Weekly
25%
Quiz 1
Sep 22
10%
Midterm Examination
Oct 16
25%
Quiz 2
Nov 10
10%
Final Examination
Dec 14, 8-11 am
30%

Letter Grade Breakdown

Final Grade Points

Letter
Grade

>97

A+

93 - 96.99

A

90 - 92.99

A-

87 - 89.99

B+

83 - 86.99

B

80 - 82.99

B-

77 - 79.99

C+

73 - 76.99

C

70 - 72.99

C-

67 - 69.99

D+

63 - 66.99

D

60 - 62.99

D-

1 - 59.99

F

Academic Policy

Unexcused absence from a quiz or exam and unexcused late assignments will graded as a '0'. Cheating and other forms of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Definitions of cheating, including plagiarism, are detailed in Section 1-402 of the Student Code.

Prof: Barry Lewis
Office: 209F Davenport Hall
Hours: 11-12 MWF
Phone: 244-3501
E-mail: blewis@uiuc.edu

TA: Marina Sergeyeva
Office: 309L Davenport Hall
Phone: 333-1384
Hours: 11-12 Th, 12-1 F
E-mail: msergey2@uiuc.edu