Not too easy. Not too difficult.
If you are interested in archaeology, this is a perfect course for you. If you are either an anthropology major or an archaeology minor, it is a required class, but it is not a boring one. Dr. Card makes even the least interesting things sound interesting. The lectures are engaging and you actually get to handle real artifacts in the breakout sessions. I highly recommend this class to anyone who has a serious interest in the inner workings of archaeology.
- There are no tests, only quizzes. - We got to handle and do research on real artifacts. - We learned the history of archaeology. The good, the bad, and the debated. - We applied the theory we learned during the lectures to the methods we used in the breakout sessions. - We learned about a "pyramid"-building civilization, that used to be centered around where modern-day St. Louis is, called Cahokia. (whether or not it was a civilization is still under debate, as is the definition of civilization.) - Near the end of the semester, we started talking about the possible job opportunities available to those who want to pursue a career in archaeology or anthropology. Dr. Card talks about the reality of grad school and the job market, especially for becoming a professor. - Dr. Card was definitely a highlight.
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Advice for students:
If you are not seriously interested in archaeology, this course will be boring to you. If you are seriously interested in archaeology, then this class will be a favorite of yours. I suggest actually reading the book on Cahokia. There are two research papers, one on an artifact that you can pick out from the collection in the lab, and one on a topic in archaeology (I did mine on Jomon Pottery and how the Jomon are perceived in modern Japan). There are some presentations (group projects) Lab work is mostly individual, but there were a few group projects. If you don't understand something or needing advise while working on a paper, drop into office hours. (Dr. Card is not as scary as he may seem)