Professor Reymers - Fall 2021

Each week, a reading, listening, or video activity will be added to this page (accessible through the course Blackboard site) and you must send your answers to questions about these activities directly to the professor by email. These activities will relate to readings that enhance the topics from the textbook and/or other readings assigned in class and available through the course Blackboard site. Answers should be completed individually. Online activities will be posted weekly and are typically due on Friday at 5pm. They CANNOT be made up after the due date. One missing online activity grade can be dropped at the end of the semester.

Online Media 7


Video Assignment:

Watch this video (From Caves to Cosmos: Native America) on the organization of tribes in the Americas. Then answer the following questions:

  1. What is the name of the largest native settlement dating to about 1,000 years ago in what is now the southwest U.S.?

  2. What did archaeologist Patty Crown  find at the bottom of the drinking vessels discovered in “Room 28” and what was its significance? 

  3. What is a “Kiva”? 

  4. Where is the “birthplace” of the Pueblo people? 

  5. What do the Pueblo mean by “finding the right place”?

  6. What was discovered in 2003 at Teotihuacan (pop. 125,000), the largest city in the Americas 2,000 years ago? 

  7. What is the purpose of the alignment of the walls that make up Pueblo Bonito?

  8. What was discovered to have been left behind 13,000 years ago on a cliff side in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest?

  9. Many diverse Native American cultures share a cosmological belief system that integrates science and spirituality with a healthy respect for and intimate relationship with the natural environment. What explains the commonality of this idea across the Americas?
E-mail your completed assignment:

DO NOT send as an attachment, please.

Due on or before Friday Oct 22 at 5pm


Online Media 6


Video Assignment:

Watch this video of the archaeology of the Fremont Indians by Time Team America. Then answer the following questions:

1. Where did the archaeological research take place?

2. What makes this archaeological research site so unique?

3. How old was the Fremont civilization?

4. What feature were the archaeologists trying to discover at the base camp site?

5. What types of artifacts were discovered by the archaeological team?

6. What forms of remote sensing did they use?

7. Why were the archaeologists rappelling off cliffs?

8. What figures were portrayed on the petroglyph drawings?

9. What was the conclusion the team drew regarding what they could learn from their excavation of the base camp site?

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

Due Friday, Oct 8, 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.


Online Media 5


Review the information about human variation in each of the 6 links (The Human Spectrum, Only Skin Deep, Our Molecular Selves, Health Connections, Race and Human Variation, and Human Variation ) available at the following website: "Understanding Race"

Answer the following questions after investigating the section under each link:

1. The Human Spectrum: Why is race a questionable way to group people, according to the rationale of this section? Answer the two questions at the endof this section as well.

2. Only Skin Deep: What causes variation in skin color?

3. Our Molecular Selves: What have we learned about DNA from the Human Genome Project?

4. Health Connections: Use sickle-cell disease as an example to explain how our health is determined by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

5. Race and Human Variation: What is the "essentialist" view of race, and what are the problems with this view?

6. Human Variation Quiz: For the sixth section, the quiz, simply report your score on the quiz. Reflect on what you learned that was new in this assignment.

E-mail your completed assignment:

DO NOT send as an attachment, please.

Due on or before Friday Oct 1 at 5pm


Online Media 4


Watch PBS NOVA's"Becoming Human, Part III: Last Human Standing" (YouTube, ~52 min, 2014)

Take notes during the video and answer these questions while you watch:

1. In what order of descent did the species of Homo overtake one another and when?

2. What was discovered in the caves at Atapuerca, in northern Spain and what does this say about archaic Homo sapiens (Homo heidelbergensis in this case)?

3. What is “Excalibur” and what did it signify?

4. In what ways did our ideas about Homo neandertalensis change as the 20th century proceeds?

5. What recent discovery in the Meuse Valley, Belgium, helped to refine our views of Neanderthals?

6. What kind of research is going at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany, regarding evolutionary studies?

7. Why are children’s teeth so valuable to archaeologists?

8. Why was hunting such a risky business for Neanderthals?

9. Why did Neanderthals go extinct about 25,000 years ago?

10. What is “the bottleneck effect”?

IMPORTANT: E-mail your answers (not an attachment)
TO:, with the SUBJECT: ANTH4

Due Friday, Sept 17, 5pm

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

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

Online Media 3


Watch this primatology video and answer the questions below:

1. Who are the hosts and what is the topic of the video?

2. Are there gay monkeys?

3. What unusual behavior of the bonobos (close relatives of chimpanzees) is described?

4. Why might primates have looked at the stars at night?

5. Have apes now entered the stone age? Explain.

6. How carnivorous are primates?

IMPORTANT: E-mail your answers (not an attachment)
TO:, with the SUBJECT: ANTH3

Due Friday, Sept 10, 5pm

Online Media 2


Evidence for Evolution from (YouTube 11:22)

1. What are the two main claims of the theory of evolution?

2. What are the lines of evidence that support the claims of evolutionary theory?

3. How many different species are estimated to be living today?

4. How does evidence from comparative anatomy suggest that whales and other cetaceans evolved from a pre-existing four-legged land creature?

5. How does embryology help to confirm our suspicions that whales are closer to mammals than to fish in their evolutionary development?

6. How does fossil evidence from the ancient creatures called Basilosaurad and Maiacetus suggest that whales descended from these creatures?

7. How do DNA comparisons help to confirm our suspicions that whales evolve

IMPORTANT: E-mail your answers (not an attachment)
TO:, with the SUBJECT: ANTH2

Due Friday, Sept 3, 5pm



Online Media 1


Macat's "Introduction to Cultural Anthropology"

1. What is the definition of anthropology according to the video?

2. When and why did early anthropologists study customs and beliefs in pre-industrial societies?

3. What is the main argument of Marcel Mauss's book "The Gift"?

4. What explanation makes sense of pre-industrial people's belief in witchcraft (according to E.Evans-Pritchard?)

5. What is an example of feminist anthropology?

6. What was the thesis and result of Clifford Geertz's "Interpretation of Cultures"?

7. What is the value of historical ethnography?

IMPORTANT: E-mail your answers (not an attachment)
TO:, with the SUBJECT: ANTH1

Due Friday, Aug 27, 5pm



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 "ANTH3." If you wrote something else (like, for instance, "Online Media Questions 3" or "anth 3 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 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