Review Comment

[ACLG 4001] Archaeological Theory and Practice

January 21, 2003

Smith, Joanna Silver_nugget
[ACLG 4001] Archaeological Theory and Practice

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I really cant understand all her negative reviews. While she was not the most exciting and exceptional prof I have ever had, she was very good, although I did not always think this way. One of her earlier assignments involved doing a long survey outside during the coldest week of february. She also took us outside for another survey on a very cold day. I wanted to die. But there is a method to her madness. This class is for people who are serious about being archaeologists. Excavation often takes place in insanely hot or cold weather, and she was giving us a taste of what it is like. We got a lot of hands on experience with artifacts, which was really cool. How often do you get to examine human remains in class? There were complaints that she didnt thoroughly go over certain areas, like recording and the process of excavation. But honestly, that can only be obtained by actual experience. My only gripe is the final. It was long and hard. Really long and really hard. I have taken about 35 finals at columbia, and this is the only one that took the ENTIRE 3 hours, the first of which was devoted to readings. There was a lot of work, but her grading is fairly easy. But let this be a warning: this is not a class to take because you think archaeology is cool or liked the Indiana Jones movies. It is very technical and goes into "unglamorous" areas such as pottery chronologies and trace-element analysis, and the paper is actually a grant proposal that should be good enough to actually be used.

Workload:

Readings that are interesting but often EXTREMELY heavy, short monument report, short book review, survey project the difficulty of which is based largely on the weather, insanely long and involved stratigraphy report, grant proposal, final. A lot, but well worth it if this is your field.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
AHAR / ACLG AHAR ACLG W4001: Archaeological Theory/Practice Joanna Smith 2006 Spring MW / 9:10-10:25 AM 1
AHAR / ACLG AHAR ACLG W4001: Archaeological Theory/Practice Joanna Smith 2002 Spring MW / 4:10- 5:25 PM 1
AHAR / ACLG AHAR ACLG W4001: Archaeological Theory/Practice Joanna Smith 2001 Spring MW / 9:10-10:25 AM 1