Valdosta State University – Kings Bay Center
Archaeology of Eastern North America
Spring 2006 Term B
INSTRUCTOR: Mrs. Carolyn Rock
Home Phone: 729-4829
Work Phone: 673-1888 (M-Th, hours variable)
Navy College Learning Center, Room 6
CREDIT HOURS: 3
CLASS TIME: Tuesday 5:30-10:15
COURSE DESCRIPTION: A study of cultural development in eastern North
America, employing archaeological, ethnohistorical, and historical perspectives. The
temporal boundaries are the arrival of humans in the region until the nineteenth century.
Native American and Euroamerican culture history will be explored.
Ancient North America: The Archaeology of a Continent, by Brian M. Fagan
Earlier edition ok.
COURSE OUTLINE and SCHEDULE OF TOPICS:
Week Subject Chapters pp On-line reading
1 Orientation. Overview of Archaeology.
Clash of Cultures 1 1-32 x
2 Culture History and North American
Archaeology 2,3 33-68 x
3 The Paleo Indians 4,5 69-96, x
4 The Archaic Period 16,17 371-420 x
Exam #1: Through Ch. 5
5 The Woodland Period 18,19 421-456 x
6 The Mississippian Period 20,21 457-508 x
The Algonquians and Iroquoians
Exam #2: Ch. 16-19
7 The Archaeology of European Contact 22 511-540 x
8 Exam #3: Ch. 20-22
CLASS FORMAT: Lecture/ discussion. Videos. Projects.
Your grade will be based on the following criteria:
Class presentations (4) 40%
Exams (3) 45%
Class presentations will be short 4-6 minute power points based on readings from the
previous week. Quizzes will be based on questions provided by the presentations.
A standard grading scale will be used:
90-100 A 60-69 D
80-89 B Below 60 F
ATTENDANCE POLICY: Students are required to attend all classes and stay in
attendance as long as class is held without exception. In the event of personal emergency,
notify the instructor about the problem and situation. Students are allowed one excused
absence per term. A second absence requires proof of emergency, sickness, TAD orders
etc. If a student misses more than 2 classes, a W or F will be assigned. Perfect attendance
will earn 5 points extra credit on the “individual project.” Classes will start promptly and
you are expected to remain for the entire class. If you leave early, it is considered an
absence. Also, excessive tardiness could result in a lower grade.
BALL CAPS ETC.: Ball caps, chewing tobacco, snuff and smoking are prohibited in the
FOOD AND DRINKS: must be properly disposed of when you leave the classroom or
the field. Violation of this rule will result in food and drinks being totally prohibited in
It is the student’s responsibility to know the administrative procedures established by the
University that will be observed in this class. This is especially important regarding
dropping or withdrawing from courses of instruction. Students must adhere to deadlines
for drops and withdrawals in order to avoid academic and financial penalties.
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT:
Valdosta State University complies fully with the requirements of the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA). If you believe that you are covered under this act, and if you
have need for special arrangements to allow you to meet the requirements of this course,
please contact the personnel at the VSU Center at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. The
office will put you in contact with VSU’s Special Services Office. Also, please discuss
this with the instructor at the first class meeting.