Lecture1AEarlyLIfe - Lecture One A Before History/Early...

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Lecture One A: Before History/Early Life Welcome to our first real lecture. I have attempted to condense the Tradition and Encounters chapter and add some additional information. Read through this lecture in conjunction with the corresponding chapter in the Tradition and Encounters book – it should be Chapter One. Then, I have also included a Power Point that is a bare bones look at the data in an outline form rather than a conversational style. Not every chapter we cover will have a PowerPoint, but when we do have one you should take a look. I occasionally include pictures and maps in these to help you picture the location and technologies of the people we will be studying. At the end of this lecture you will find your first Web Discussion assignment. Please be sure to follow the instructions and answer the questions by the assignment due date (found in our syllabus, under assignments, and in the discussion board) for credit. I expect a well thought out, substantial answer to my questions. Remember, our discussions are 40% of your grade. I am expecting several well- crafted paragraphs from each of you. Now, on to our discussion of early man and human evolution: Before the development of writing, ca 3200 bce, humans existed, but the record of their presence and activities must be read through non-written sources. That is what prehistoric means to historians: prior to writing. History as an academic discipline can be described as the study of change over time. Historians study changes in behavior, attitudes, politics, religions, you name it you can probably find an historian who has studied it. We must rely upon fossils, material objects, and early art in order to piece together what was happening prior to writing. Even for historic times, material and visual objects remain important. The methods and theories of anthropology, archaeology, geology, geography, and art history, to name just a few disciplines, enable researches to develop a chronology of human development in the periods prior to writing. I do not expect that everyone will agree with the theory of evolution, however, it is a theory that we study in order to understand how some historians understand prehistory. The theory of evolution informs the theory of human development over time. Therefore, while I do not require you to “believe” in the theory of evolution, I do require you to know about it. Please read through the following lecture. It is meant to augment your readings in Tradition and Encounters. It is partially an outline of the Before History chapter, partially further elaboration upon certain themes. Be sure to read through the entire lecture as your discussion assignment is listed. Throughout my lectures I give you web sites that you may visit for more information. You are only required to visit the web sites that are part of your discussion assignments. All others are given to help those with greater interest in a topic to find more information. Evolution of Humans
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This note was uploaded on 06/27/2009 for the course HIST 100 taught by Professor Feres during the Spring '09 term at Grossmont.

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Lecture1AEarlyLIfe - Lecture One A Before History/Early...

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