|INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY | ONLINE. . . . . . . . . . .Spring 2020|
II: Archaeology & Civilization
Week 8. Mar 30-Apr 3: Domestication & Rise of Civilization
Anthropology Quote of the Week:
Remember: Each week you should, at minimum, complete the following objectives:
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 post: The "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".
Domestication and Civilization
Evolution - General
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?
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Introduction to Anthropology ONLINE - Spring 2020 - Prof. Kurt Reymers