Anthropology 104 California State University, Bakersfield
Dr. Robert M. Yohe II, Instructor MWF, 9:30 - 10:55 a.m.
Office hours: MWF, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.,  Room: SCI 243
or by appointment

Course Syllabus

Course Description

Archaeology is one of the four subdisciplines of anthropology that focuses on the study of human behavior in the past.  Unlike social anthropologists who can ask their informants about their cultures or can observe behavior first hand, archaeologists can only explore the lifeways of ancient peoples through studying the physical remains they left behind.  The clues archaeologists search for to help them unravel the mysteries of the past include structures, domestic refuse, and even the bones of the people themselves.

This course will be a survey of the fascinating world of archaeology.  During the next 10 weeks we will explore a number of "lost worlds," ranging from the earliest known evidence of human activity in the badlands of eastern Africa, to the elaborate stone temples of the Mayan theocracy in Central America.  We shall learn about the history of archaeology, the methods archaeologists use to tease out the information from the dirt that conceals the secrets of time, and see what it is that archaeology can tell us about past peoples as well as our present day world.

Required Text

The required text for this course is
Archaeology: Down to Earth by David Hurst Thomas.  There may be additional readings for the course, but these will be assigned as necessary and in most cases supplied to the student.

Student Evaluation

Grading for this course will be comprised of two quizzes (20 pts.each), two short film reports (20 pts. each), a midterm (100 pts.), a cumulative final (200 pts.), a project progress report (20 pts.) and a project paper (100 pts.) for a total of 500 points.  Final course grading will be based on straight percentages (no curve!).  The final is cumulative and will be given on Friday, March 17, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Film reports.  Two brief (no more than two pages) reports on certain films shown in class are required.  Each report will outline the content of the film.  Late film reports will be penalized 10 points.

Quizzes and examinations.  All quizzes will be consist of objective questions.  Exams (both midterm and final) will be a mixture of objective and essay questions.  You must use a blue book for the midterm and final or you will automatically loose 10 points.
Project.  One progress report and a final project will be required for this class.  A description of the project parameters will be distributed to students later.

Extra credit.  Occasionally, invited speakers in Anthropology will make presentations on campus.  I will give an extra 5 points to each person who attends such lectures.

Other Important Considerations

Attendance to this course is mandatory if you want a passing grade.  There will be those instances of unavoidable absence (illness, family business, etc.), but it is the responsibility of the student to notify me in advance of any other type of planned absence.

Tardiness.  Each class session begins and ends on time.  I really do not appreciate people arriving late or leaving early, especially while I am lecturing.  Again, if you know you are going to be late or must leave early for some compelling reason, let me know ahead of time.

Cell Phones and Pagers. Now for my pet peeve.  Active cell phones and pagers will not be tolerated during class!  They are distracting to me and the other students when they ring in the middle of a lecture.

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