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Archaeology's Dirty Little Secrets

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In this class, we will ask and answer a series of questions about the role and practice of archaeology in the world today. If archaeologists are trained to investigate the past, what is left for us to study?  Who gets to be an archaeologist?  How and why do archaeologists hunt for “treasures”, and what do we do once we’ve discovered them?  What can we know, and not know, about people in the past?  What do archaeologists know about the past that most people would never guess – and why aren’t we telling you?  Why are people entirely willing to murder each other over the fate of archaeological sites?  Are Real Men alone capable of discovering the truth behind all this?

Archaeology famously involves getting dirty in the line of duty.  Students will experience its hands-on nature, through the use of numerous exercises and archaeological case studies.  But there are other ‘dirty little secrets’ to learn about the field: not least how the stories archaeologists tell about the past have been used and abused, for purposes both good and bad.  Our goal by the end of the course is to have you ‘thinking like an archaeologist’ and fully aware of the often-fraught politics of doing archaeology around the globe.    

Syllabus

Unit #1:  Just what are these secrets anyway?

Unit #2:  What has survived for us to find?  And what have we lost?

Unit #3:  So how do you find things?  Archaeology ≠ just digging

Unit #4:  How do you get a date? (And why are dates so important?)

Unit #5:  What do you do with what you find?

Unit #6:  What is involved in the archaeology of people?

Unit #7:  Where does archaeology happen?   Who can play?

Unit #8:  Who owns the past?

Taught by

Susan E. Alcock

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Anonymous
5.0 5 years ago
KUMAR completed this course.
Ohh My God.!

Already someone has commented and said so great things for this Professor.!

I feel jealous. Lols

Well,Let me say I attend a lot of MOOCs in order to get to acquire knowledge and infact to satisfy my appetite for knowing everything in this world.To be honest,I don't(infact I'm not able to)complete all the courses with Certificates but this one,I completed with my whole effort.I was sort of in love with the class.I felt so much good every day attending this class which I'll not be able to explain here.!

Don't ask me about the Prof…
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Emma A
5.0 4 years ago
by Emma completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This was possibly the most enjoyable MOOC I have ever done! Sue the lecturer was so energetic and enthusiastic about the subject matter - you couldn't help but enjoy it! I loved the practical hands-on lectures, with many of the assessment tasks being hands-on, like doing 3D photography of an artifact. I really enjoyed how each week Sue interviewed a Brown Uni lecturer on their current digs and sites. Even if the only thing you know about archaeology is what you learned from Indiana Jones you will enjoy this course:) Wish it was possible to give a more than 5 star rating for this one!
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Joanna M
4.0 3 years ago
by Joanna completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I loved this MOOC, I had great fun doing it. The professor was brimming with enthusiasm and her learning really shone through. The idea of interviews with archaeologists working on different sites appealed to me very much. The downside was that the course was very basic - I still hope we'll get a more advanced follow-up to this one.

Still, if you like archaeology, this course is a must.
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Sheri H
5.0 4 years ago
Sheri completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Hands down best MOOC course ever. This course prepares a student for future archaeology studies. Professor Sue Alcock is a very engaging instructor. The guest Professors on her videos are the best I have seen. Be prepared for writing assignments and peer critiquing of your work. This class requires quite a bit of effort by the student, but is well worth it.
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Anonymous
5.0 5 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
One of the best run MOOCs i've encounted, and i've taken over 15 of them. The prof. is smart and full of enthusiasm. The assignments are fun to do plus you get to pick which ones to do each week. The discussion boards were very active.
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Dana C
5.0 5 years ago
Dana completed this course, spending 7 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I have taken many MOOCs and this is the best one! The professor is passionate about archaeology and you can tell by the way the class is taught.
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Erik E
1.0 10 months ago
Erik completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very hard.
The content wasn't half bad, there was a lot of good stuff.

The peer reviews left a lot to be desired and found the feedback to be extremely discouraging without any proper monitoring of trolls.
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4.0 4 years ago
Aana completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
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