INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY | ONLINE. . . . . . . . . . .Spring 2020

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     II: Archaeology & Civilization

newEXTENDED SPRING BREAK -- Mar 16-29: No new assignments.

Since our class is already online, no changes will occur to our regular online class schedule, (excepting the extended spring break). I encourage you to contact any of your Professors if you have questions about how your class will be taught after spring break.

FAQ - Updated Information for Students

Week 8. Mar 30-Apr 3: Domestication & Rise of Civilization
read: Lavenda textbook, Chapter 7
to do: Group Discussion 7 – Human Civilization
to do: Quiz due on Blackboard on Thursday
to do: Online Media #7 - due no later than 5pm Fri Apr 3
to do: work on Research Paper first draft due April 3

PaperWriting assignment: Complete the biological anthropology
Research Paper on The First Americans
first draft, due Friday Mar 13 Now due Friday April 3

Blackboard Link

Anthropology Quote of the Week:

"Relax, Recharge and Reflect. Sometimes it’s OK to do nothing." 
― Izey Victoria Odiase


Online Media 7:
Guns, Germs and Steel, Part 1,
feat. Jared Diamond
(Source: National Geographic, 2005)

April 3 5pm


Online Media 6:
Video of the archaeology of the Fremont Indians by Time Team America (YouTube, 2014)

Mar 13 5pm


Online Media 5:
Examine website at
"Understanding Race" (American Anthropological Association, 2016)

Mar 6 5pm


Online Media 4:
In Search of Human Origins (1999, 69 min, Discovery Channel)

Feb 21 5pm


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

Feb 14 5pm


Online Media 2:
Watch this video about The Evolution of Shape
(2014, ~45 min)

Feb 7 5pm


Online Media 1: Macat's "Introduction to Anthropology"(mostly about cultural anthropology) -- See questions and instructions to the left

DUE FRIDAY Jan 31 5pm


Remember: Each week you should, at minimum, complete the following objectives:

  1. Read the assigned textbook chapter and review the course notes online
  2. Complete the week's chapter quiz between Tues 9am - Thurs 9pm (See the Quizzes and Exams folder on Blackboard -- note, there was no quiz in the first week)
  3. Complete a Discussion Post for the week (see the Discussions area on Blackboard)
  4. Complete the Online Media (ANTH#) for the week before Friday 5pm (no exceptions!) on the course website (below)

At certain times during the semester you will also have writing assignments and longer exams. These are marked on the course schedule and bear a large part of the course grade, so be prepared for these assignments/exams as well.

The Four Fields (Chapter 1)
Evolution & Genetics (Chapter 2)
(sorry, the video series is on hold for the moment,
until I find more time to record and edit...)

Posting to the Discussion Board (on Blackboard):

You should be actively posting weekly to the Discussion Board so as to add to your participation score for the course. Here is how to add a discussion postThe "Discussions" can be found using the links on the left side of the Blackboard page; click that link and then click on the title of the Discussion to which you want to add a comment or reply. You'll see a page of posts with the other student's names; to add to it, click on "Create Thread".

Recommended readings:

Domestication and Civilization


Human Variation

Human Evolution

Evolution - General



Online Media ANTH 7


Video Assignment:

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: ANTH7

Due Friday, April 3, 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.




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