INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY - Shannon 102 - Spring 2018

Syllabus | Schedule | Media | Notes | Research | Grades

Weekly Assignments

Other Info

HE&C 8eWeek 8: Domestication and the Rise of Civilization

  • Read Chapter 8, textbook
  • Group quiz Thursday
  • Complete Online Media ANTH6 by Friday 5pm


Anthropology Quote of the Week:

“We wear clothes, and speak, and create civilizations, and believe we are more than wolves. But inside us there is a word we cannot pronounce and that is who we are.”
― Anthony Marra, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

OM6 Online Media 6:
Guns, Germs and Steel, Part 1, feat. Jared Diamond
(National Geographic, 2005)


Online Media 5: Watch this video of the archaeology of the Fremont Indians (Time Team America, PBS, 2013)
OM4 BONUS Online Media 4: Listen to this interview with Trevor Noah, host of the Daily Show from the program "Fresh Air" on NPR (Feb 18, 2016)


Online Media 3: Watch PBS NOVA's"Becoming Human, Part III" (YouTube, ~52 min, 2014)

OM2 Online Media 2: In Search of Human Origins from Discovery Channel, 1999 (YouTube 69 min)
OM1 Online Media 1: Evidence for Evolution from (YouTube 11:22)

Recommended viewing: Macat's "Introduction to Anthropology" (no email required)


GENERAL NOTE: For section 1 of this course (the face-to-face section meeting in Shannon Hall 102 on Tues and Thurs 11am), you do NOT have to do the assignments for my Intro to Anthropology Online class (ANTH-LN1) on BlackBoard! Those assignments are only for my separate online section of the course. You DO still have to do the assignments posted on this webpage. Thanks! ~ Prof Reymers

Recommended websites and videos:

Domestication and the Rise of Civilization


Human Variation

Human Evolution

Evolution and Genetics




Online Media 6


Watch the following YouTube video and answer the questions as you watch:

Guns, Germs and Steel, Part 1, feat. Jared Diamond
(Source: National Geographic, 2005)

1. What is the thesis of this documentary? (answer this question at the end of the video, but contemplate it throughout)

2. What was the name of the Middle Eastern village identified by Canadian archaeologist Ian Kuijt (pronounced "Kite") where people settled into a community for the first time?

3. What grain sources were available to the people of this first community?

4. What is the human artifact (a feature of the archaeological site) that is so important in the development of domestication of plants?

5. How did the first farmers impact the evolutionary development of the plants around them?

6. According to Diamond, why did the New Guinea farmers not develop civilization?

7. What is the advantage that Americans have over New Guineans when it comes to the crops we eat?

8. How did the domestication of animals relate to farming in America and New Guinea?

9. Why were most of the villages of the fertile crescent abandoned after one thousand years of intensive farming and where did the people go?

10. What are some of the criticisms of Jared Diamond's argument that geography and food crops explain inequality and how does he answer them?

E-mail your completed assignment
TO:, with the SUBJECT: ANTH6

Due Friday, Mar 16, 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.

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 4" or "anthro 4 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 and further instances 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

Each week, excepting Week 1 and certain other weeks -- see the course schedule -- 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).


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Introduction to Anthropology - Spring 2018 - Prof. Kurt Reymers