AR100SyllabusSpring09 - AR 100 Great Discoveries in...

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Unformatted text preview: AR 100 Great Discoveries in Archaeology Spring 2009 SMG 105 T, Th 1112:30 Prof. Michael D. Danti Teaching Fellows Stone 247C (675 Commonwealth Ave.) Karen Hutchins ( Office Phone: 617-358-1659 Office Hours: STO 350, T, Th 1011 Office Hours: T, Th 12:302 Travis Parno ( Office Hours: STO 350, T 12:302 Course Description Archaeology is the systematic study of the human past based on the recovery and analysis of the material record and its context. The archaeological record has been described as "the material memory of our human predecessors on earth." The discipline of archaeology began with antiquarian curiosity about the past and a desire to collect its material remnants. It has since developed into a scientific profession that seeks to discover, analyze, and conserve the material record in order to elucidate our past. This course presents a survey of important archaeological discoveries, achievements, and knowledge, following a generally chronological scheme. The lectures and class readings focus on several topics that are of great interest to archaeologists, including the evolution of hominids and the emergence of modern humans, the peopling of the regions of the earth, the rise of farming communities, the development of complex societies and civilization, and the collapse of ancient cultures. The course will also describe the history of archaeology, its aims and methods, and its role in contemporary society. Note: This course carries Humanities Divisional Studies credit. Required Text: T. Douglas Price and Gary M. Feinman, Images of the Past . 5th edition. McGraw Hill (2008). Course requirements: Students are expected to attend all classes and complete all reading assignments. The class lectures present material not covered in the texts, and some of the lectures do not have assigned readings. The readings also present some material not covered in the lectures. Examinations and Grading: There will be three examinations. The exams are not cumulative. See schedule for exam dates. The first two exams are worth 30% each and the third exam is worth 40% schedule for exam dates....
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