Instructions: This Assignment will be completed in several stages. Work step by step, and pay attention to all due dates!

  1. TOPIC SELECTION: Choose an endangered World Heritage cultural site from the list by Sunday, November 6th. Record the site you will study on this spreadsheet. A site will be selected for you if you do not choose one. You will begin building your page in class on November 8th, so be prepared to work on your project by that date.
  2. RESEARCH: Identify the factors or reasons that the archaeological or historic heritage site is considered endangered. Research will take place on your own time.
    • Part A) Find out more about the particular situation at your heritage site. Start with the UNESCO website, then look for news articles, scholarly research, or other information about this particular site. Provide an overview of why the site is an important heritage site, but also try to focus on current events and recent articles.
    • Part B) Find out more about the factor(s) affecting the site in general. For example, if your site is currently affected by conflict, have archaeologists studied past conflicts in that region or elsewhere? What have they learned from other studies of past conflict?
  3. SYNTHESIS (60 Points): With help from LEADR, you will be building a page for a class website devoted to this assignment. You will have the opportunity to share this page with your classmates (and broader audiences online). There are 2 in-class workdays with staff from leader LEADR, on Tuesday, November 8th at their space in Old Horticulture and on Thursday, December 1st in our McDonel classroom (103). If you need extra help from LEADR staff, the lab is generally open Mon-Thurs 10-8pm and Fri 10-1pm weekly. Your page must be completed by MONDAY, DECEMBER 5th.

Your page must include separate, designated sections for the following information:

  • Provide basic info about your chosen heritage site in danger, including both why the site has been designated as a World Heritage site and the factors endangering the site today. Summarize and link to current news articles, blogs, or scholarly writing about the site. Provide a short summary of the work in your own words. (Your research findings from Part 2A above).
  • Discuss how the factors endangering the site (or similar factors as they existed in the past) have been studied by archaeologists. Note that this discussion is not limited to information about your chosen site. (Present your research findings from Part 2B).
  • Consider how archaeological research can provide insight to address contemporary global issues related to the cause(s) of your site’s endangerment, either at this site in particular or in other areas

NOTE: You are encouraged to use images, links to videos, and other content to enrich your page. Use headings or other content dividers to organize your page. All content you use must be cited by including a link to its original source. Write in your own words, and include links to online content. Add a bibliography for any offline work.

  1. EXPLORATION: Feel free to invite your classmates to view your page as you are building it to offer you informal feedback. Help one another with the process of building the page. After December 5th, visit pages created by at least 3 of your classmates. Comment and ask questions of your peers on their pages. You can focus on other students who investigated similar endangerment factors as you, or learn about a wide range of sites; this is up to you.
  2. PRESENTATION (10 Points): In the last week of class (December 6th and 8th), you will share what you learned with your classmates. This will take the form of an in-class presentation of approximately 3 minutes. For this presentation, you will use the site you built as your presentation visual aide. Presentation order will be chosen randomly, so prepare to present either day.
  3. REFLECTION (30 Points): Compose a short, 1st person narrative reflection on this project. This should be 4-5 pages long, typed and double spaced, in 12 point Times New Roman font. You will submit this portion of your Assignment to the D2L Dropbox by Friday, December 9th, at 5pm. Answer these questions:
    1. What preconceptions did you have about archaeology before taking this class? Has your thinking about archaeology changed over the course of the semester? Explain why/how (or why not). What do you know now that you didn’t before?
    2. Which of your classmates’ pages did you visit during the exploration part of this project? Why did you choose to explore the pages that you did? Do these sites have something in common (geographic location, factor endangering them, research value to archaeologists?). Be sure to mention specific details from your classmates’ pages.
    3. What insights about current global events have you gained from this assignment? Do you have a clearer or more in-depth understanding of any issues now? Explain.
    4. For the contemporary global issue (conflict, pollution, over-development, etc.) most affecting your site, do you see any long-term solutions beginning to emerge? Explain.
    5. In our Unit 3 take home exam, you have already reflected on Sabloff’s book Archaeology Matters. Has completing this project (Assignment 3) changed or enriched your understanding of the topics covered in that book? Explain.
    6. If you were to do this project again, what would you do differently? Would you change anything about the project design to make the activity more effective and interesting for future groups of students? Provide specific examples.
    7. At this point, feel free to share any other reflections on your semester in Introduction to Archaeology.

LEADR is open Monday – Thursday 10 am – 8 pm; Friday 10 am – 1 pm. You can drop in and work on your project in the lab during this time.

For extra help, Autumn Beyer’s office hours at LEADR are: Mondays 10 – 2; Wednesday 5 – 8 pm; Friday 10 – 1.