Washington and Lee University
Dr. Alison Bell Winter 2003
Washington and Lee University
Office: Newcomb 6
Office Hours: Tuesdays 3:00-5:00, Wednesdays 2:30-4:30, Thursdays 3:00-5:00, and by appointment.
Office Phone: x8638
Home Phone: x5045 until January 26, when it becomes 464-5986.
This course introduces students to key archaeological
issues, methods, sites and cultures around the world. It spans the time from the
emergence of human beings to the dawning of the modern era, with special
attention to the development of farming, urbanism, and economic inequality in
many societies. In addition to surveying developments in
Stephen A. Mrozowski, Grace H. Ziesing and Mary C. Beaudry
(1996) Living on the Boott:
at the Boott Mills Boardinghouses, Lowell, Massachusetts. University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst.
Stephen Plog (1997) Ancient Peoples of the American Southwest. Thames and Hudson, London.
T. Douglas Price and Gary M. Feinman (2000) Images of the Past, Third Edition. Mayfield Publishing Company,
Mountain View, California.
Assessments are open-book, open-note, take-home exercises designed to allow the instructor to assess each student’s understanding of material in assigned readings and class discussion. Each assessment has 1-3 questions which together should require 6-8 pages (word-processed, double-spaced) to answer.
Assessment 1: distributed
Thurs. Jan. 23; due Tues. Feb. 4; covers
Price & Feinman Ch. 1-6 & class material
Jan. 7 – 23.
Assessment 2: distributed Thurs. Feb. 13; due Tues. Mar. 4; covers Price & Feinman Ch. 7, Plog & class material
Jan. 28 – Feb. 13.
Assessment 3: distributed Thurs. Mar. 27; due Fri. Apr. 11; covers Price & Feinman Ch. 8-11, Mrozowski et al. &
class material Feb. 25 – Mar. 27.
This component of the course provides students the opportunity to investigate an archaeological topic of his or her choice in greater depth (recommended paper length approximately 8 pages; due April 3).
In order to encourage the exchange of ideas encountered in this course, students may choose a variety of ways to express their opinions, comments and questions. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in class discussions – in large measure because of the benefit they will derive (both during college and after graduating) from being able to speak comfortably in group contexts. Students who opt not to participate regularly in class discussions may communicate with the instructor in person or by email (recommended 4-6 times per term). Depending on student interest, an electronic course discussion board may also be established. Any of these venues should permit students to gain experience sharing their observations and insights.
The breakdown of final grades for the course is as follows:
Assessment One: 22.5%
Assessment Two: 22.5%
Assessment Three: 22.5%
Research Paper: 22.5%
Tues. Jan. 7 &
Price and Feinman Chapters 1-2
Introduction to Archaeology
Thurs. Jan. 9 and Early Hominids
Tues. Jan. 14 &
Price and Feinman Chapters 3-4
Homo erectus, Neanderthals,
Thurs. Jan. 16 and Homo sapiens
Tues. Jan. 21 &
Price and Feinman Chapters 5-6
Foragers and the Beginnings
Thurs. Jan. 23 of Farming Globally
Tues. Jan. 28 &
Price and Feinman Chapter 7 and
North American Prehistory
Thurs. Jan. 30 and Plog Chapter 1
Tues. Feb. 4 &
Plog Chapters 2-5
Southwest: Early Prehistory
Thurs. Feb. 6 Assessment One
Due Tuesday Feb. 4
Tues. Feb. 11 &
Plog Chapters 6-Epilogue
Southwest: Farming & Cities
Thurs. Feb. 13 Paper Proposal and Bibliography
Due Thursday Feb. 13
Tues. Feb. 18 &
Thurs. Feb. 20
Tues. Feb. 25 &
Price and Feinman Chapter 8
Meso American Prehistory
Thurs. Feb. 27
Tues. Mar. 4 &
Price and Feinman Chapters 9-10
South America, Egypt, India,
Thurs. Mar. 6 Assessment Two Mesopotamia, China
Due Tuesday Mar. 4
Tues. Mar. 11 &
Price and Feinman Chapter 11
Thurs. Mar. 13
Tues. Mar. 18 &
Mrozowski et al. pages 1-37
Thurs. Mar. 20 Rough Draft of Paper
Due Tuesday Mar. 18
Tues. Mar. 25 &
Mrozowski et al. pages 38-84
Archaeology of the Modern
Thurs. Mar. 27 World
Tues. Apr. 1 &
Student Presentations of
Thurs. Apr. 3 Paper Due Thursday Apr. 3
Fri. Apr. 11
Assessment 3 Due at