Introduction to Archaeology - Anthro 324, F 2002 / Owen
Archaeological grant proposal
This exercise gives you a chance to think about applying some of the
methods and ideas we have discussed and consider how the results are used to solve
As a group project, it also gives you a taste of how larger archaeological
projects are often put together.
Finally, since you pick the subject and will have to
research some background to write the proposal, it is a chance to pursue a topic that is
interesting to you.
What you do:
You form a group with one or two other classmates and pick an
archaeological question to pursue.
As a group, you write a "grant proposal" in which
you outline the issue and enough relevant background to show why it is interesting and
should be resolved.
You propose one or more hypotheses concerning the issue, and
describe an archaeological research design that would test the hypotheses, explaining
what data you would gather, what methods you would use, and how the data would
resolve the problem.
The proposal includes a schedule, budget, and bibliography.
library and/or web research will probably be necessary for background information.
I suggest, but do not require, that you email me a brief statement of
what you are planning to do fairly early in the process, so I can confirm that you are on
What you turn in:
A grant proposal consisting of a title page and abstract; plus at least
4 pages about the problem, hypotheses, methods, and how the expected results will be
used to evaluate the hypotheses; plus additional pages with a schedule of the work,
budget, and bibliography.
The proposal may be longer if you wish, as I suspect you
How to find a subject:
You might look for inspiration in examples mentioned in the
textbook or discussed in class, in the papers you reviewed for the previous assignment,
at any of the websites (both legitimate and "quirky") that you consulted for the website
review, or in other websites listed at, for example, Archnet.
You could troll through
JSTOR or Pharos (the journal article search system available through the SSU library),
entering words that you think might bring up interesting subjects.
You might be
inspired to check out claims from a documentary you have seen, or any other source.
One approach is to find something that you disagree with and propose a way to test