Course outline: ANTH 140-001 F2017
The following online resources will be used throughout the semester:
Dating techniques (please look at these resources for September 14’s class, or refer to them as supporting resources for this content)
- What is Radiocarbon Dating?
- Dendrochronoology: What Tree Rings Tell Us About The Past and the Present
Arctic Studies Whaling Traditions Virtual Tour. Follow this link and answer the following questions:
- Explain the expression of subsistence (in this case whaling traditions) in of art represented in the website.
- Explain the role of the umialiq’s wife in whaling. Why is it so important?
- What types of material culture are required to hunt whales. Explain one element in detail; be sure to explore the belongings by clicking the “view record” link below the images.
- How does elders knowledge contribute to our understanding of these “artifacts” and practices?
How did the Aztec get their food? Sustainable Farming in Aztec Times
Inca Skull Surgery (short video)
Please read both of these short articles to get a well roudned understanding of Mungo Man and Mungo Lady
- Mungo Man is a physical reminder of the need for Indigenous recognition this is an interesting personal account of finding the remains of Mungo Man in 1974 and the relevance of both the find and the treatment of the remains today.
Feathered Gods and Fish Hooks Chapter 1 “Discovering the Hawaiian Past” please read to page 9 to get an overview of pre-Contact Hawaii
Here are some resources that might be useful as you write your historical fiction account of discovering Hawaii. I will continue to add things throughout the semester as I find them:
PBS did a documentary called The Wayfinders. The companion website has some great resources. While all are useful, I want to highlight this interview with Nainoa Thompson , their resources page, and the information about non-instrument navigation.
Follow the incredible journey of the Hokule’a, a reconstruction of an ancient Polynesian long distance voyaging canoe. The boat just completed a worldwide voyage this summer, and there is a great website that is updated frequently with a crew blog, discussions about the mission of the voyage and the Polynesian Voyaging Society. It is worth a look, lots of great resources here.
Here is a nice little video that summarizes the story of Hokule’a, from archaeology experiment to cultural revival.
A video about Mau Piulung, the Micronesian navigator who taught Nainoa Thompson how to be a navigator.
Who Peopled the Pacific? This is curriculum to accompany a recent exhibit at the National Museum of Hawaii. while it is basic, it is accurate and can give you some good inspiration.
Archaeology and Pop culture assignment: Read the following short articles
The following links may be of interest:
CBC’s “The Current” interviews Brain Fagan about his book The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations, in which he considers the cultural effects of the Medieval Warm Period (800-1300 AD). Since we are reading sections of this book you may be interested to hear from the author himself.
Could the Rapa Nui moai have walked to their sacred platforms? Check out this experimental archaeology video clip, then we can talk about it.
Development of Agriculture (a very general overview)
Jeremy Sabloff has written a concise summary of the Maya that may be of interest. Be aware that it was published in 2001, so more recent research may refine some interpretations.