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ANT 201

Introduction to Archaeology,

Dana C. McCaulley, M.A.A.

Home Phone:  (410) 549-4253

Office Phone #:  (301) 322-0525 (Social Sciences office, no voice mail)

Email: lion654@adelphia.net




1.     Learn the importance of archaeology and how archaeologists gather information about culture. 

2.     Study the major theories, concepts and applications of archaeology. 

3.     Gain an appreciation for varying cultural traditions and social arrangements of different ethnic groups. 

4.     Discover how archaeologists utilize these different techniques and theories and put them into practice in order to gain an understanding of a past society by recovering data and studying such aspects as their religion, political dynamics, economics, kinship, gender, stratification, etc…




1.     Read all assigned materials and check the calendar for this course in Blackboard 5 for assignment due dates and other information.

2.     Written assignments must be typed and double-spaced and submitted to the Digital Drop Box. 

3.     Respectfully challenge opinions, interpretations, and arguments put forth in the reading assignments or by the instructor. 




  1. Assignments
    1. Because this is a distance-learning course, students are required to complete their assignments in a timely fashion and in their appropriate sequence.  Always keep a copy of any work you turn in.
    2. You should visit the online classroom at least every other day to look at the calendar, announcements, course assignments, new discussion board postings, take quizzes, submit written assignments and post discussion board messages.  Students are responsible for adhering to assignment, quiz, and test dates, and checking the course calendar and announcement area of the Blackboard online classroom
    3. Graded response time for assignments, quizzes, and tests will be on or within 14 days of their submission.  Any questions posted to the Blackboard discussion board area will be answered normally within 48 hours. 
    4. The course is divided into modules (study units).  Go to the modules link to view that is required for that assignment.  The modules will become available on a timely basis so the student is not tempted to “look ahead” too far.  Each module has three elements. 

                                                               i.      A list of topics that the chapter covers. 

                                                             ii.      A list of terms from the chapter reading.

                                                            iii.      A set of tasks for that module.  These tasks will include essays, chapter questions, web assignments, discussion board questions and responses, and quizzes.

    1. LATE ASSIGNMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED without prior approval by the instructor.  Any problems meeting any of the requirements of this course (tests, papers, etc…) must be addressed with the instructor of the course.  Make-up exams will be given for excused absences, such as a death, accident or illness for which documentary proof is required.  
  1. Digital Drop Box (DDB)
    1. All homework assignments and essays should be submitted via the DDB. 
    2. The analytical essay (3-5 pgs) will be graded according to the Analytical Essay Guide provided.  All papers should be typed and doubled spaced. 
  2. Problems
    1. NOTE:  All assignments are to be completed INDIVIDUALLY, not with others.  Plagiarism (copying or cheating) or treatment of the work as a group project will result in a ZERO for the assignment.
    2. Any questions or concerns that you have concerning the assignments or of a personal nature can be addressed during my online hours or sent to me via email.  Students can also feel free to call me at home.
  3. Chats (Virtual Classroom in Blackboard)
    1. A few on-line chats are conducted during the semester as indicated in the course calendar.  They are essentially online office hours. 
    2. They are optional and for your benefit to answer any questions or concerns.  Chat times will vary.
  4. On-Campus responsibilities
    1. On-Campus Distance Learning Orientation:  Consult the course guide or contact the Distance Learning Office at the college for the date, time and room for this event.  It is optional but I highly recommend participation in this activity to give you a chance to ask any questions, meet the professor, and learn about Blackboard.  It is generally held a few days prior to the first week of class. 
    2. The tests will be the only scheduled on-campus activity required during the course.  These tests are taken at the students’ respective campuses.




  1. The grade scale for this class is standard
    1. 90-100% = A
    2. 80-89% = B
    3. 70-79% = C
    4. 60-69% = D
    5. 59% & below = F
  2. The following is a list of the total requirements and points for this course. 


Graded Assignments




per each







Entrance essay





3 (non-cumulative)



Discussion board




Homework questions




Analytical essay




Quizzes (13 offered)

12 maximum



Exit essay















  1. Entrance essay
    1. The entrance essay is your first assignment for this course and is due within the first week of the course, according to the calendar. 
    2. The student will consider several questions posed to them and respond in a 500 word essay. 
  2. Tests
    1. Three tests will be given at the testing center at your college.  For PGCC students it will be taken on campus in the Accokeek Hall testing center.  For other students the exam will be taken at their respective campus testing center. 
    2. The tests are non-cumulative.
  3. Discussion Board
    1. The purpose of the Discussion Board is to replicate the interaction between the students and with the professor in the physical classroom.
    2. Students must participate in 10 discussions overall.  To get full credit for participation, the student must make at least three (3) contributions to a discussion topic.  These topics will relate to your chapter reading and/or the article.  One posting must respond to the discussion board topic at least two days before the closing date (worth 4 points).  The next postings should respond to other students’ postings by the closing date (worth 3 points each). 
  4. Homework assignments
    1. Each module has a series of questions about the chapter or about web exercises. 
    2. There are 13 required homework assignments, each worth 20 points.  These assignments must be completed by the due date and submitted to the DDB.
  5. Analytical essay
    1. You are required to do a critical analysis of one of the articles assigned.  An analytical essay guide is provided to give you a step-by-step process to complete this assignment.
    2. This assignment is to be written is an essay format and organized as such. 
  6. Quizzes
    1. Scheduled quizzes are taken on-line and must be completed during their respective window of availability.  They will only count if taken during the appropriate period.  The quizzes all relate to the articles and are short answer.  There are no make-up quizzes given.  However, more quizzes are offered (13) than are required (12).  If a student wishes to take all 13 quizzes, the highest 12 will count. 
    2. A quiz may be accessed from the link placed in the Assignments area during the two days it is available.  You may only take a quiz once.  Once a quiz has begun, you must finish and submit it within the time allotted.  Feel free to use your books while taking a quiz.  However, if you exceed the time available, a red exclamation mark (!) will show next to the quiz and you will receive no credit for it. 
  7. Exit essay
    1. The exit essay is your last assignment for the course and is due the last week of class.
    2. The student will consider several questions posed to them and respond in a 500 word essay





1.     Archaeology:  A Brief Introduction, Seventh Edition, by Brian M. Fagan, 

2.     Archaeology 00/01, Fifth ed., edited by Linda L. Hasten