Professor Reymers - Fall 2022

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 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 7, 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 5: Race and Culture


Listen to this interview with Trevor Noah, host of the Daily Show from the program "Fresh Air" on NPR (2/18/2016, feat. host Terry Gross) and answer the following questions.

1. What are Trevor Noah's roots (what place and circumstances does he come from)?

2. What is the sociological point Noah is making (using humor) about the "race" checkbox on employment forms?

3. How is Noah's family history related to South African apartheid (segregation)?
Note: If you don't know what "apartheid" is, read this.

4. How did apartheid affect Noah's parents' relationship?

5. What are the different cultural sensitivities in Britian and the U.S. regarding talking about race?

6. What is the point of the tips Noah gives about "not getting shot" (in another comedy routine)?

7. What is Noah's advice regarding "sharing the plight of the people that are oppressing you"? Discuss in terms of "role-reversal" and stereotyping.

8. What does Noah's joke about an African-American not recognizing an African say about preconceptions about race? How can this be misinterpreted to reinforce racism?

E-mail your completed assignment:

DO NOT send as an attachment, please.

Due on or before Friday Sept 30 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 16, 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: Sexy Primatology


Watch this video on primatology featuring comedian Chuck Nice, astronomer Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and primatologist Natalia Reagan, then answer the questions below.
(WARNING: Primate sex humor is involved. Take it with all intended levity.)

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 9, 5pm


Online Media 2: Evolution


How Evolution Works (Kurzgesagt, YouTube 2022)

1. What is Evolution?

2. What is a species?

3. What creates the "uniqueness" of individuals within a species?

4. What is heredity and what are recombination and mutation?

5. What is "selection" and how is the environment involved?

6. What is the significance of the example of Darwin's Finches?

7. Why is this so important?

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

Due Friday, Sept 2, 5pm


Online Media 1: Introduction


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 26, 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