INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY . . . . . . . . . . .Fall 2018

Weekly Assignments

Other Info

HE&C 8e

Week 8. Oct 18: How We Discover the Past


Ember textbook, Chapter 2
Prepare: Group Plickers Quiz on Thursday
Do: Online Media #7 - due no later than 5pm Fri

Research Assignment Posted: Due October 30th


Anthropology Quote of the Week:

"Archaeology is the peeping Tom of the sciences. It is the sandbox of men who care not where they are going; they merely want to know where everyone else has been." ~ Jim Bishop

OM7 Online Media 7:
Archaeology of the Topper, SC Paleoindian site by Time Team America (PBS, YouTube, 2014)
OM6 Online Media 6:
Archaeology of the Fremont Indians by Time Team America (PBS, YouTube, 2013)

Online Media 5:
"Understanding Race" (website, American Anthropological Association, 2006)


Online Media 5 Alternative Assignment: Interview with Trevor Noah, host of the Daily Show (from "Fresh Air" on NPR (2/18/2016)


Online Media 4:Watch "Becoming Human, Part III: Last Human Standing" (YouTube, ~52 min, 2011)


Online Media 3:
Interactive Documentary "Becoming Human"
(Donald Johannsen, 2009)

OM1 Online Media 2: Evidence for Evolution, (YouTube 11:22)

Online Media 1: Macat's "Introduction to Cultural Anthropology" (YouTube 5:26)


Recommended websites and videos:


Evolution - General

Human Evolution
Human Variation



Online Media 7


Video Assignment:

Watch this video about the archaeology of the first Americans at Topper, South Carolina, by Time Team America. Then answer the following questions:

1. What is the traditional explanation regarding when the first Americans settled in the Americas?

2. What was the purpose of the Topper site to the Clovis People back in Paleolithic times?

3. How long ago did one archaeolgist date charcoal found at the Topper site?

4. What is a Clovis flake and how is it useful?

5. What would the environment (climate and geography) have been like in South Carolina during Clovis times?

6. What is a Solutrean flake point and where are they from?

7. What is the theory of what happened to the Clovis people only 500 years after they settled at the Topper site?

8. What will it take to prove whether there were actually people at Topper perhaps 16,000 - 20,000 years ago?

E-mail your completed assignment
TO:, with the SUBJECT: ANTH7

Due Friday, Oct 19, 5pm

(Note: for regular correspondence, do not use the above link for email, or remove the automatic subject line heading "ANTH" if you do).

Online media assignments are graded on a pass (1)/fail (0) basis. See the Grades webpage for results.


Each week (except exam weeks), you will be reponsible for completing and submitting by email a weekly online media activity. This may entail doing a reading or watching a video made available online, or performing some other kind of activity. Instructions will be posted weekly right here on the webpage by Monday and will be due (by email) on Friday at 5pm of each week. You should e-mail your completed assignment to, with the a subject heading of "ANTH#" (with "#" being the number of that week's online activity, as noted above).

Note: for regular correspondence, do not use the above link to my email, or remove the automatic subject line heading, as activities with this subject line are automatically filtered into my email activities folder (and thus I will not see an email having to do with something else until the following week or later).

Note: I will give you 3 chances to get the subject heading correct and to not include attachments in your online media emails to me.

For example, when you sent the first online media assignment, you should have used a subject heading in the email of "ANTH1." If you wrote something else (like, for instance, "Online Media Questions 1" or "anth 1 hw"), or if you have included your assignment as an attachment, you have not paid attention to the details of the assignment instructions (details which make it crucially easier for me to organize your responses and read what you have written).

You can do this three times without penalty, but a fourth instance of not paying attention to the details will result in a 1-point reduction from your Online Media grade. For the vast majority of you who are doing it right, thank you for paying attention to the details!

- Regards, Prof Reymers


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Introduction to Anthropology - Fall 2018 - Prof. Kurt Reymers