Dr. Paul Mullins
This course introduces anthropological
research on material culture and hominid evolution from prehistory to the
present, outlines the fundamental findings of archaeological scholarship, and
examines how archaeology and physical anthropology illuminate the contemporary
social and material world. The course focuses on several major themes: human
originations, the emergence of agriculture and social complexity, and the
material record of state society and inequality. The class provides a general
worldwide survey of anthropological interpretation of the human past and
introduces the methodological techniques and philosophical perspectives
archaeologists use to analyze evolution, culture, and the material world. We
will probe how questions about the past originate, study the relevance of
archaeological insight in contemporary society, and contemplate how and why
archaeology persistently stirs popular imagination.
Study Guides--Links coming soon
Course grading is based on three tests (60% total), five exercises
(35% total), and attendance (5%). Each exam will be worth 20% of
your final course grade. The tests will contain multiple choice
questions, true-false, matching, short answer definitions, and map
identifications. The final will be cumulative, but it will primarily
include major concepts from the first two tests. It is
mathematically possible to actually fail each of the three exams and
still pass the course (the exercises and attendance score combined can
work this miracle). However, any student who does not pass at
least one exam will automatically fail the course.
Exercise 1 (Drawing an Archaeologist), exercise 2 (Maps as Material Culture), and exercise 3 (Cars as Material Culture) each count for 5% of the total course grade. Exercise 4 (Seriation) and exercise 5 (Garbology) each count for
10% of the final course grade. This is a significant percentage of the
course grade (35% total), so do not be tempted to skip an exercise. If
you miss an exercise, please contact me for a partial credit makeup.
Late exercises are penalized a point for each class they are late.
Regular attendance and participation are essential to doing well in
the course. The overwhelming majority of the course material will
be introduced and discussed in class, so attendance is highly
recommended. You will receive five participation points if you
have no more than two unexcused absences. After that you will lose
one participation point for each absence: for example, if you have
three unexcused absences you'll receive four points, four absences
receive three points, and so on. Excused
absences do not count toward your attendance grade if they are
documented illnesses (i.e., a physician's note, not simply sniffles in
the next class or sounding really crappy on the phone), holidays
recognized by some reasonably well-recognized faith, if you're called to
jury duty, or absences that have been cleared with me beforehand or
shortly after the missed class.
The vast volume of course material usually
yields a lot of notes, so if you miss class you should secure thorough and
reliable notes from another student and consult the course Powerpoints on Oncourse.
All class lectures will be posted on Oncourse and can be accessed by
clicking on the Resources tab and then clicking on the Powerpoint lecture you
wish to access. Powerpoints are in relative order and not organized by the
date of the lecture, so sometimes a single powerpoint can cover multiple class
meetings. Lectures will be posted as the semester progresses, and usually
lectures will be posted at least a few days prior to class. To access
these you must be on a computer with Powerpoint (this includes all University
computers). Most PC's will ask whether you want to save or open the file;
if you save it you can print the notes with 3-9 pictures per page (instead of
one slide for every page) and save a whole lot of the forest. To do this,
save the file and then open it; next click on file, then click on print, and a
window will open; in that window, click on "print what" and pull down
the option "handouts"; just to the right of that in the option
"slides per page" pull down the menu and enter however many pictures
you want printed on a single page (e.g., 3, 6, 9). Let me know if you have
any problems accessing the lectures.
Example of How the Course Grade is Calculated
If you cannot complete an assignment on time for any reason, you
should contact me as soon as possible. I can always be contacted before or after
class, you can schedule an appointment, and I check my email virtually every
day. Please contact me via my email address and not Oncourse email, which I check less
frequently and is somewhat unpredictable. Make-up tests will be essay
Please do NOT wait until after a deadline to talk to me. Do NOT
postpone talking to me if you are having any difficulty completing an assignment
or if you are having difficulty with the class. Please do feel free to
discuss any problems you are having in class, whether they're related to
illnesses, work schedules, problems with your car, or the wide range of
real-life things that can happen over a semester, and I will do my very best to
help in whatever way I can. Even if it is embarrassing to acknowledge that
you simply forgot an assignment due date or your boss unexpectedly demanded a
long shift when you planned to do the assignment, please come see me and I will
do my very best to resolve it in some way that doesn't mean you receive no
credit at all.
Late exercises will be penalized a point for
every class they are late if you do not negotiate an extension with me
beforehand or discuss the delay immediately afterward. Exercises are
considered late after 3:00 on the day they are due. You can email me
exercises as attachments, or you can leave assignments in my mailbox in 413
Cavanaugh Hall. Please do not submit exercises via Oncourse. I
prefer electronically submitted assignments be in Word. Be absolutely
certain to keep a copy of any emailed assignments you send to me should the
email disappear or not arrive at my end, and save every single assignment in two
places: Don't just save it on your laptop or a thumb drive, since they can
crash, get lost, or be purloined by somebody who undervalues your commitment to
education. Even if you miss a due date for an exercise, contact me so
that you can complete a partial credit makeup: to miss the exercises is, at
best, mathematically ill-advised. You can check your grades during the
semester by logging onto Oncourse.
includes deadlines for all assignments and test dates: it is your
responsibility to know when exercises are due and tests are scheduled.
There will not be any extra credit material. If there are any
changes made in the syllabus they will be posted here and on Oncourse
and announced in class.
work in this course is intended to fulfill the University's Principles of Undergraduate Learning. The
course will require students to develop and demonstrate core
communication and quantitative skills; critical thinking; integration of
knowledge; intellectual depth, breadth, and adaptiveness; understanding
of society and culture; and ability to make informed value and ethical
course focuses on PUL 5: The ability of students to recognize their
own cultural traditions and to understand and appreciate the diversity
of the human experience. The course's focus on human
prehistorical cultural and biological diversity expressly targets the
PUL goal to "compare and contrast the range of diversity and
universality in human history, societies, and ways of life."
All work in the course is conducted in accordance with the
University’s academic misconduct policy. Cheating includes dishonesty of any kind with respect to
exams or assignments. Plagiarism is the offering of someone else’s work as
your own: this includes taking un-cited material from books, web pages, or other
students, turning in the same or substantially similar work as other students,
sneaking a peek at the neighbor's exam, or failing to properly cite other
research. If you are suspected of any form of academic misconduct you will
be called in for a meeting at which you will be informed of the accusation and
given adequate opportunity to respond. A report will be submitted to the
Dean of Students, who will decide on further disciplinary action. Please
consult the University Bulletin’s academic misconduct policy or me if you have
The Office of Adaptive Educational Services (AES) ensures that students with disabilities receive appropriate
accommodations from the University and their professors. Students must
register with the AES office in order to receive such services.
Portable electronic devices, such as cell phones, pagers, two-ways,
and PDA’s, must be turned off before entering the classroom. You can use
a laptop in class for note-taking but should silence it; please do not plan to
answer your emails, monitor facebook, and answer texts in class. Please let
me know if you need to carry around a phone for specific reasons (e.g.,
pregnancy monitoring, disabled family, or contact with kids--not to stay in
touch with a significant other who just likes to hear your voice, buddies
planning the evening pub crawl, and so on). Anyone whose clever
Family Guy ringtone disturbs class will be given a verbal warning on first
offense and will be asked to meet with me after class if you can't remember to
turn off your phone before class.
The classroom is a safe speech situation in which it is your
responsibility to treat other classmates fairly and with mutual respect, even if
they have the audacity to disagree with you, champion an opinion that is
inconsistent with your worldview, or simply bore you. Anyone who talks
when someone else is talking, is hostile, or otherwise violates classroom
etiquette (e.g., does other homework, reads the newspaper) will be considered to
be in violation of this policy and will need to meet with me.
A basic requirement of this course is that you
will participate in class and conscientiously complete writing and reading
assignments. If you miss more than half our class meetings within the
first four weeks of the semester without contacting me, you will be
administratively withdrawn from this section. If you miss more than four classes
in the first four weeks, you may be withdrawn. Administrative withdrawal may
have academic, financial, and financial aid implications. Administrative
withdrawal will take place after the full refund period, and if you are
administratively withdrawn from the course you will not be eligible for a
tuition refund. If you have questions about the administrative withdrawal policy
at any point during the semester, please contact me.
course uses an e-text.
For those of you
who have not used e-texts yet, there is some background on precisely what constitutes an e-text and a tutorial on that page at the link "Help: Accessing
e-texts at IU" explaining how to log into an e-text.
eTexts is available in your Oncourse class page.
In the menu at the left of the screen, click on “Courseload
eTexts” to open the Engage reading platform.
In the top left corner of Engage, click on the Menu icon.
Click on the Help link. Click
on “Students” to access quick overviews of how to navigate the
platform and all the general studying/learning features – reading,
note-taking, highlighting, questioning, printing, bookmarking,
searching, and collaborating. Please
familiarize yourself with the Engage platform before the first day of
class. Engage works best
when viewed online, in Firefox or Chrome.
Please understand that when you registered for the course you
already have paid for the e-text on your bursar's bill. The price
of the current edition of this text as a paper copy is presently no
better than $115 (and even higher in some places). If you buy a
paper copy of the text, you are adding to your expenses and only should
do so if you strongly desire to have a paper copy. If you
absolutely must have a paper copy, I suggest you buy an older version of
the text online at http://www.dealoz.com (which
searches multiple online vendors).
|R. Barry Lewis, Robert Jurmain, and Lynn Kilgore 2012 Understanding Humans: Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archaeology (11th Edition). Wadsworth, Belmont, CA.|
Course Schedule (readings in italics)
EXERCISE 1 (DRAWING AN ARCHAEOLOGIST) DUE IN
CLASS JANUARY 13
January 11, 13
Introduction to course: what is archaeology? anthropology? culture?
material culture? time? prehistory?
EXERCISE 2 (MAPS AS MATERIAL CULTURE) DUE JANUARY 20
CLASS JANUARY 18th
January 20, 25, 27 (Chapter 1)
How do anthropologists decide what they want to know?: ideology and
Indiana Jones and the Ivory Tower: who are archaeologists?
EXERCISE 3 (CAR ANALYSIS) DUE FEBRUARY 3
February 1, 3
Ideology and innocuous objects: beer cans and the construction of
February 8, 10 (Chapter 8)
What is an archaeological site? How are sites identified?
How are sites examined?: trowels, screens, shovels, and squares
What is context?: stratigraphy and archaeological association
February 15, 17
What do archaeologists find?: bones, pottery, stone tools, art,
space, and other artifacts
How are artifacts and sites dated?: relative and absolute dating
1 FEBRUARY 24
February 22, 24 (Chapter 2)
What is evolution? Science and narrative in evolutionary research
Archaeology of human originations: Where did humans come from?
4 (SERIATION) DUE MARCH 2
February 29, March 2 (Chapter
European vacation: Homo erectus and migration from Africa
March 7, 9 (Chapter 10)
The history of Neanderthal archaeology: why
did archaeologists assume Neanderthals were brutes?
SPRING BREAK MARCH
EXERCISE 5 (GARBAGE ANALYSIS) DUE MARCH 23
March 21, 23 (Chapter
Art, religion, and cosmology in the Paleolithic
March 28, 30
Exam Study Session
2 March 30
April 4, 6 (Chapter 13)
Migration to the New World: how? when? why?
Paleoindians in the Americas: Clovis and Folsom cultures
April 11, 13
Social organization: hunters and gatherers, chiefdoms, and states
April 18, 20 (Chapter
The Neolithic Revolution: sedentism,
agriculture and the emergence of states in the Near East
April 25, 27
Otzi: the body of a Neolithic traveler
Last updated January 11, 2016