Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Archaeology: The study of human behavior and thought based on the material evidence of that behavior
The scientific description and explanation of similarities and differences, stability and change in
After the Neolithic Transformation
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Complex societies (what does it mean to be complex?)
Degree of differentiation among peoplediversity
Degree to which people are different in fundamental ways (socially, pol
Food Production and Domestication in the Americas
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Why Food Production in Americas?
Most likely cause: population / resource imbalance
Specific conditions varied betwe
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Why are people from europe still producing lactate when majority of the world does not?
Why are people from europe so light skinned compared to the rest of the world?
People and the
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Evidence of processing
Evidence of standardization and specialization
One person performing one task that everyone needs
Material Culture and Food:
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
What affect did agriculture have on human population?
Culture? Society? Civilization?
How did agriculture contribute to the development of villages, cities and civilizations?
Why was agriculture po
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Pleistocene Colorizations of the Austraolonesia and the Americas
Who were the first colonists of Australia and the New World?
Homo sapiens; people like us (anatomically modern)
When did people first coloni
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
The Middle Paleolithic
Prepared Core Technology
Well-controlled use of fire
Increased importance of hunting in diet
Industries are more compl
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The Early Paleolithic Colonization of the New World
Controlled use of fire
Dispersal of hominins out of Africa
What hominid forms first colonized the world outside A
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Hominin Evolutionary Sequence
Increase in brain size
Modern human characteristics
Appeared at different times
Evolved at di
Day 3 Lecture
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Key issues of the Paleolithic
Relationship between the development of material cultures and hominid evolution
Material culture and definition of "human"
Inferring cognitive abilities from material cultures
Day 2 - Lecture
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Organization of society based on how the culture organizes labor
As societies grow larger, hierarchies develop and grow apart from each other.
Large gap between rich and poor; top of social structure and b
South American Complex Societies (Peru)
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Tradition (religious, iconographic, architectural)
Culturally phenomena that split chronology into specific zones
Ex. Monumental sites, etc.