Paleolithic cave painting of a horse at Lascaux

World Prehistory

Anthropology 325 - Sonoma State University - Spring 2000

Taught by Dr. Bruce Owen

New items added on May 20.

Final exam study guide is under Handouts

How to make the fun Chavín website work (after finals!)

Click for news, assignments, and announcements Click for class notes Click for handouts Click for links to archaeology web sites

What's here on "Internet Reserve"?

  • First, there is the News Section, where you will find reading and web assignments, due dates, changes to the course schedule, test information, and other nitty-gritty stuff that you will need.

  • The same class notes that you can borrow from the library reserve desk are available electronically from the Class Notes List below. These are the raw, personal notes that I use for each class. They may not be complete or intelligible on their own, but some people find them useful as study aids.

  • Any papers that I hand out in class, such as the syllabus, study guides, and details about the assignments, are also available here from the Handouts List below.

  • Finally, there are links to other web pages about archaeological regions, sites, periods, and problems relevent to to course. Some of these will also appear in the News section as required reading (and viewing), while others are completely optional. Some are collections of archaeological links that may be useful for your class presentations and research paper. All are highly recommended, and many are fun.

The easy way to view and print lecture notes

Go to the Lecture Notes List below. Click on the "View on screen" option for the lecture notes you want. You will see the notes on screen and can print them in a slightly clunky format.

The better but harder way to view and print lecture notes

Go to the Lecture Notes List below. Click on the "Word 6.0" option to download the lecture notes you want as a Microsoft Word 6.0 file. This method allows you to print the notes in a more compact format, and to take advantage of the outlining features of Microsoft Word. However, it requires more steps and more computer knowledge on your part.

Unless you have a recent browser that can display Word 6.0 files directly on the screen, you will probably get a message giving you two choices: get additional "plug-in" software to handle the unknown format, or save the file on disk without viewing it. Click on the option to save the file. Note the full directory path and filename, so you can find the file later. After the file is downloaded to your computer, start Microsoft Word or any other current word processor, and use that to open, view, and print the downloaded file. Some word processors, like WordPerfect, may add numbered headings or blank lines; you may want to adjust the format before printing.

The Word 6.0 versions of the lecture notes are outlines. You may want to put Word in "outline" view and "collapse" the levels of the outlines to help you see the overall organization of the material. Then "expand" the levels step by step to see the details under each heading. To print the outlines correctly, switch to "Normal" or "Page Layout" view before printing.

No macro viruses

Everything on this site has been scanned for macro viruses and is clean to the best of my knowledge.

So why come to lectures?

First, the lectures are illustrated with many images of sites and artifacts; pictures make things seem more real. Second, hearing me explain things might be easier than reading them, especially in the telegraphic format of the lecture notes. Third, numerous studies show that you remember things better if you get the information in various different ways, like reading, hearing, and seeing. Fourth, you can ask questions, and listen as others ask questions that you might not have thought of. Finally, I fill in details, explain arguments, and highlight the important points, which should make it easier to see the big picture rather than getting lost in the details.


If you have been here before, press your browser's "reload" button to see the latest additions.

  • A list of suggested subjects for your in-class mini-presentations is under Handouts List below. The sooner you tell me which one you want, the more likely you are to get your first choice. I will circulate a list in class; you can also email me your choice and a backup in case it is already taken.

Lecture Notes List

Click on the Lecture Notes that you want to download. If you have been here before, press your browser's "reload" button to see the latest additions.

Handout List

Click on the Handout that you want. If you have been here before, press your browser's "reload" button to see the latest additions.

Archaeology Web Sites

Interesting, often illustrated, from easy to challenging... check these out. The required sites are marked; the rest are optional, but recommended. If you have been here before, press your browser's "reload" button to see the latest additions.

Take a break and do something different!

I guarantee that you will have fun visiting this place. This is not virtual, it is real. You will have to drive, but it is well worth it. The archaeological parts are great, and the setting is a cultural experience.

A Tumilaca pottery motif World Prehistory by Bruce Owen
Copyright (c) 2000, Bruce Owen. All rights reserved.
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Revised: 20 May 2000