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APCC140 Introduction to Prehistory

Spring 2007

11:00-12:15 TR 130 GLOVR

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Instructor:  Larry Todd

Office: General Service Building 346
GSB 346
Phone: 491-5110 (note: email is a much more reliable way to make contact)
Office Hours:
     Tuesday: 4:00-5:00 PM
     Wednesday 3:00-4:00 PM
        and by appointment

Teaching Assistant: Chrissina Burke

Office:   GSB 350
Office Hours: by appointment

Class Overview

Class Requirements and Grading

Exams (Exams 1-4)

Text Books

Class Schedule and Reading Assignments


Key Terms and Definitions

Other Assignments

Archaeological Field Training Opportunity

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  There are multiple records that can be used to develop historical perspectives on past human behaviors. Unlike written documents or oral histories that provide information on some parts of the world for limited portions of the recent past, the archaeological record spans several million years and encompasses all areas occupied by ancestors of contemporary peoples. Many human actions produce physical evidence (food remains, broken and discarded tools, and debris), some of which, even from the remote past, becomes preserved and available study today. Nearly 3 million years ago, the human career began a unique adaptive trajectory in which technology, communication, and long-term planning became increasingly important components of interactions with our physical and social environments. Archaeology provides a means to investigate these long-term, fundamental changes in the human condition. Primary goals of the class are to make students aware of some basic long-term changes and to be introduced to the potentials and difficulties of an archaeological perspective with its multiple temporal and geographic scales.

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   The class provides  an understanding of the basic methods of archaeological research  with a general overview of world prehistory. This foundation is essential for students to move to upper division classes that cover regional archaeology, or archaeological method and theory. The class also emphasizes the interdisciplinary connections of contemporary archaeology. It provides a perspective  that most archaeological problems require a greater understanding of other bodies of information (e.g., ecology, geology, zoology, chemistry, botany, foreign languages) and encourages  incorporation of  a diverse set of information and classes into thoughts about the human condition.

Last updated on: Sunday, April 29, 2007 14:38

Exercise 1 due - January 18
EXAM 1 on January 30
Exercise 2 due - February 8
EXAM 2 on February 20
Exercise 3 due - March 22
March 11-18 Spring Break (No Class)
EXAM 3 March 27
EXAM 4 on April 17
Exercise 4 due - April 26
FINAL EXAM: Thur. May 10
3:40PM to 5:40 PM

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This class examines global patterns of human cultural change over the last 3 million years.

We will focus on Prehistory, it's perspectives, goals, and methods.

The class emphasizes method and theory rather than providing 'pictures' of the past. Our goal is to have you learn about how the "Images of the Past" are created and evaluated.