Professor Vincas Steponaitis
Course Description: This course will survey the archaeology of North America, with an emphasis on the eastern and southwestern United States.
Course Structure: There will be two lectures per week. Films and guest lectures will be scheduled at various times during the semester.
Meeting Times: The course meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-4:45 p.m., in Manning 209. In addition, recitation sections will meet on the following days:
Required Text: Brian M. Fagan, Ancient North America (4th edition).
Course Requirements: In addition to the assigned readings, course requirements will include the following: a midterm exam (25%, taken in class on 10/11), a 10-12 page term paper (30%, due 12/8), and a final exam (40%, taken at 4 p.m. on 12/15). Note that you must also submit a term-paper prospectus (due 10/4) and a term-paper progress report (due 11/8), each no more than a page long; these assignments will constitute the remaining 5% of your grade.
Honor Code: Students are expected to adhere to UNC's Honor Code. All written work must be accompanied by a signed pledge attesting that the student has neither given nor received unauthorized aid in completing the assignment. (One can use the short form and simply write "Pledge" followed by a signature.)
Course Syllabus: Click here for a PDF version of the course syllabus. Note that the paper syllabus does not contain all the information and links that appear here in the course web site.
Course Web Site: This web site contains not only all the information in the course syllabus, but also web versions of slide shows pertinent to the class and links to other relevant web sites. It will be continually updated throughout the semester. Note also that all the assigned and optional articles published in Science and Annual Review of Anthropology are available on the web from JSTOR at <http://www.jstor.org>. JSTOR can be accessed from any campus computer; to access this site from home, you must do so through UNCís proxy server (see <http://proxy.lib.unc.edu/setupinfo.html> for instructions).
9/1 Peopling of the Americas.
9/6-9/22 Paleoindian cultures.
9/27-10/6 Eastern Archaic cultures. [Termpaper prospectus due 10/4]
10/11 Midterm Examination (in class)
10/13-10/25 Early and Middle Woodland cultures.
10/27-11/3 Mississippian cultures.
11/8 Late Woodland cultures. [Termpaper progress report due 11/8]
11/10 The Great Plains.
11/15-11/17 North Carolina Archaeology.
11/22-12/6 The Southwest.
12/8 European incursions: Norse settlements. [Termpaper due 12/8]
12/15 Final Examination (4:00 pm)
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