Assignments and Due Dates
ARCHY 465: Public Archaeology
University of Washington—Autumn 2009
1. Class Participation (25% of final grade): Ongoing
This part of your grade is my subjective evaluation of your preparation for and involvement in seminar and on-line discussions, in class writing assignments, field trips, review panels, etc.
2. CRM Law Quiz (20% of final grade): Thursday October 29
Overview: Quiz will be approximately Ĺ hour long. Two primary sources of useful information are the Public Archaeology Links page of this course website, and the King 2008 book. Click here for a summary list of laws. To do well on this quiz, you should know:
∑ the names, acronyms, approximate dates, general meaning and impact of US and Washington State laws affecting archaeological resources
∑ the names, acronyms, approximate dates, general meaning and impact of international agreements affecting archaeological resources
∑ some idea of the political reasons behind the passage of these laws and agreements
3. Case Study Position Paper (25% of final grade):
Overview: Each student will be assigned a particular role in a scenario drawn from real life involving some aspect of public archaeology and will write a position paper that outlines their assigned position in relation to others, drawing from laws, media coverage, and any other relevant source. These papers should be between 1500-2000 words, and should take a particular stand on the issue. First drafts of your paper will be reviewed by your peers in class and by me afterwards. I will hand back your draft with peer and instructor comments and your revisions are due one week later.
See Position Paper Overview for detailed instructions on this assignment.
Grading: will be based on the final version of your paper and on how well you improved your paper based on received comments from your peers and me.
∑ First draft due Thursday October 22, bring hard copy to class for peer review read-around
∑ Final version due Thursday November 5, bring hard copy to class; staple revised paper together with your marked-up first draft
4. Public Archaeology Project Grant Proposal (30% of final grade):
Overview: This paper is a grant proposal to do a public archaeology project. Your aim is to convince a granting agency to fund your project. A few project ideas are listed below, but feel free to depart from this list:
∑ Education program for K-12 (curricula, education kits, museum tours, after school activities)
∑ Interpretive signage at an archaeological site
∑ Guidebook to Washington archaeology (or some other place)
∑ Preservation plan for a site or sites at risk of destruction
∑ Public excavation project
∑ Archaeology museum exhibit, or traveling exhibit
Proposal Format: You will fill out a real proposal form used by a granting agency called 4 Culture, which supports public heritage projects in King County Washington. I have altered this form slightly to make it work for our class. You can read more about this 4Culture grant at their website. You are not required to follow 4Cultureís requirements for King County based project (but you can if you want).
Step 1. Download the application form, complete (and save your completed version) and submit to the Discussion Board. Put your project title in the subject line of your post. Due Friday, November 20, 5 PM
Step 2. Choose someone elseís proposal to review from the Discussion Board posts. As soon as you choose one, hit reply for that post so that nobody else reviews it. Then read it carefully and fill out the evaluation score sheet and post it as a second reply to the original proposal post. Due Wednesday December 2.
Step 3. Present your project to a review panel made up of your peers. Presentations are limited to 5 minutes. You can use AV aids if you want, but you must load your presentation onto the class computer before class starts. PRACTICE your presentation, in front of an audience if possible, and make sure your timing is no more than 5 minutes. I will give you a 1-minute warning and then cut you off after 5 minutes. Your reviewer will also fill out a score sheet on your presentation, and anyone can ask you questions. These will happen on Tuesday December 8 and Thursday December 10.
Step 4. Revise your proposal based on feedback from peers. Print out a final version, your first draft, and written score sheets and deliver to my office or mailbox in Denny Hall by Wednesday, December 16, 5 PM.
Grading: will be based on how well the final version of your paper meets the criteria agreed on by the class, how well you improved it from your first draft, your performance in the Panel Presentation, and your reviews of otherís proposals.