This is a prerequisite for a future course which will encompass a 3-week field trip to Tanzania where we will visit Olduvai Gorge, as well as Gombe. The aim of the current class is to give students a better understanding of human origins and how archaeology has in the past (and will continue into the future) helped flesh out our distant ancestors. We will focus on contributions from the area and their importance. We will examine basic archaeology skills and methods, as well as topics related to care of artifacts and other remains. We will all apply for visas together and learn about the following: vaccinations, global competence, Swahili, as well as the local geology and wildlife.
IMPORTANT: By the Fall of 2007, you must have a valid passport through the December of 2008.
1995 The Tree Where Man was Born. Penguin Books, New York.
2008 Apes of the Impenetrable Forest: The Behavioral Ecology of Sympatric Chimpanzees and Gorilla. Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
ADDITIONAL REQUIRED READINGS FOR THIS COURSE MAY BE ASSIGNED, including articles in professional journals, Such as American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Evolution, the Journal of Field Archaeology, the Journal of Human Biology, Nature, Science, etc.
We will provide you with a bibliography during the semester so you can peruse these and other readings at your leisure.
This course meets for 50 minutes, three days a week, throughout the semester. Class meetings will include lectures, activities, discussions, and guest speakers. Students may be required to participate in class by sharing their ideas with the rest of the class in informal discussions.
All students must practice academic honesty. Academic misconduct is subject to an academic penalty by the course instructor and/or a disciplinary sanction by the University. All students need to be familiar with the Student Conduct Code.
Students with Disabilities
The Department of Anthropology is committed to equal opportunity in education for all students, including those with documented physical disabilities or documented learning disabilities. University policy states that it is the responsibility of students with documented disabilities to contact instructors DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF THE SEMESTER to discuss appropriate accommodations to ensure equity in grading, classroom experiences, and outside assignments. The instructor will meet with the student and the staff of the Disability Services for Students (DSS) to make accommodations. Please contact Jim Marks in DSS (243.2373, Lommasson Center 154) for more information.
|Mid-Term Project||100 points|
|Final Project/Exam*||100 points|
(includes in-class activities)
**Make-up exams will be given ONLY in cases of verified and unavoidable emergencies. You must notify us IN ADVANCE if you are unable to take the regularly scheduled exam.
Our grading system is as follows: A (100-95), A- (94-90), B+ (89-88), B (87-83), B- (82-80), C+ (79-78), C (77-73), C- (72-70), D+ (69-68), D (67-63), D- (62-60), F (59 or less).
Course Schedule (Subject to Change and Flexibility)
- August 27 (M): Course Introduction
- August 29 (W): Guest Speaker (McKusick on Traveling Abroad or Flock on Global Competence)
- August 31 (F): Intro to Archaeology/Paleoanthropology and conditions at Olduvai
- September 3 (M): No Class – Labor Day
- September 5 (W): Intro to Archaeology, Continued
- September 7 (F): The Leakey Family: Decades of Persistence at Olduvai
- September 10 (M): Among the Wild Chimps
- September 13 (W): Hominid Skeletal Remains
- September 15 (F): Archaeology and Discoveries at Olduvai. (excerpt from Mary Leakey’s notes)
- September 17 (M): Discuss Among the Wild Chimps
- September 19 (W): Continued Discussion of Among the Wild Chimps
- September 21 (F): Mapping sites; an example from Olduvai Kamau 1977 (to be emailed)
- September 24 (M): The New Chimps
- September 26 (W): Health Service Vaccination Options: Vacciniation Handout
- September 28 (F): Excavation Techniques I
- October 1 (M): Introduction to Book and Discussion - Apes of the Impenetrable Forest
- October 3 (W): Guest Speaker: Mehrdad Kia
- October 5 (F): Excavation Techniques II
- October 8 (M): Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimps -
Assigned Reading - Apes of the Impenetrable Forest
- October 10 (W): Service Learning – Honors College (write-up)
Discuss mid-term project
- October 12 (F): Excavation and Lab Techniques
- October 15 (M): 40 Years at Gombe BAKE SALE DAY!
Assigned reading: Apes of the Impenetrable Forest
- October 17 (W): Archaeological Photography
- October 19 (F): The 2007 Field Season Expedition at Olduvai Gorge Nature July 2007 (to be emailed)
- October 22 (M): Finish chimps and discuss new book
Assigned Reading: The Tree Where Man was Born
- October 24 (W): Ari LeVaux, Guest Speaker
- October 26 (F) Recent Research in Olduvai
- October 29 (M): Discuss the book
Assigned reading: The Tree Where Man was Born
- October 31 (W): Class Discussions
- November 2 (F): Tanzania and Swahili (Guest Speaker Tobie Weist)
- November 5 (M): Layers/Beds at Olduvai
- November 7 (W): Geology Formations at Olduvai: Guest Speaker from the Geology Department
- November 9 (F): Archaeological cross-sections/profiles of excavations in the context of Olduvai
- November 12 (M): What do the bones tell?
- November 14 (W): Visit Mammal Museum with Dave Dyer
- November 16 (F): Environmental Archaeology (animals, plants, landscape)
- November 19 (M): Faunal Remains
- November 21 (W): No Class – Thanksgiving Break
Optional: Images of the Past pp. 385-410
- November 23 (F) No Class – Thanksgiving Break
- November 26 (M): Present-day peoples of the region
- November 28 (W): Archaeological Ethics
- November 30 (F): Peoples of Africa: Guest Speaker: Tobie Weist
- December 3 (M): Topic to Be Announced (Casting Techniques)
- December 5 (W): What to take/how to pack
- December 7 (F) Discussion of final exam/project
- December 10 (M): 1:10-3:10 pm, DHC 117