| APCC140 INTRODUCTION TO PREHISTORY
Paleolithic cave paintings -- bison heads from the Grotte de Niaux, France. One of the characteristics of modern humans is the development of a diverse set of methods using a variety of media to store and transmit information.
In addition to the types of intentionally produced information sources such as art, text, and language, humans also unintentionally create another type of information, the archaeological record. In this section of the class, we discuss how to learn to document and interpret these archaeological data.
The last portion of the class examines one model that attempts to integrate the diverse sets of information into a comprehensive picture of human cultural diversity.
All reading assignments are to be completed by the Thursday of the week they are listed. For example, by Thursday, January 18 you should have completed all of the Week 1 readings. On Jan 25, you should have completed all readings for Weeks 1 and 2(and be prepared for a quiz). Also please note that as the semester progresses, some weekly reading assignments may be changed (depending on class interests, areas of confusion, or exciting new discoveries)-- so be sure to check this page weekly to be sure you are reading the most up-to-date assignment.
QUESTION 1: Why are we everywhere?
Jan. 16-18. Introduction to the Class: What are Prehistory, Archaeology, and Culture?
Jan 23-25. African Beginnings Quiz 1
Jan 30-Feb 1 Global Expansion
Feb 6-8. Global Domination Quiz 2. Exercise 2. Due on Feb. 8
Feb 13-15. There is no reading assignment this week
No Class Feb 15 -- AAAS Meetings
QUESTION 2: How have we changed our relations with the Earth?
Feb 20-22:: Food Production SW Asia .
Feb 27-March 1: East Asian Agriculture Quiz 3
March 6-8: Australia and Austronesians Quiz 4
1. Read Scarre pp. 264-305
MARCH 11-18 SPRING BREAK -- NO CLASS
March 20-22: American Agriculture Quiz 5. Exercise 3, due March 22.
March 27-29. Holocene Africa
March 27EXAM 3
April 3-7. Holocene Europe Quiz 6
QUESTION 3: How have we redefined our social relationships?
April 10-12. Complex Societies. Quiz 7
April 17-19.. Mesoamerica
April 17EXAM 4
April 24-26 . South Americay Quiz 8.Exercise 4 (due April 26)
May 1-3 North America and beyond Quiz 9.