Brian M. Fagan
This assignment is designed to give you a taste of excavating an archaeological site and interpreting those findings. For this exercise you should draw on your readings, the Study Guide, and Exercise 2-1. In this assignment you will return to the beach site at Coal Oil Point first introduced in Exercise 2-1. This time however, you will be asked to excavate the site, take notes on the contents of the site and answer several interpretive questions based on your excavations.
In the space below you will find an interactive model of a small beach site. The upper level of this site is vey recent, but there is a lower level to the site for which you will have to determine the date. To get information about artifacts, simply click on the artifact and hold the mous button down. A pop-up field will provide you with information on the artifact. When you have made notes of the artifacts and relationships between the artifacts for the upper level, you may proceed to excavate to the lower level. When you are ready to continue, scroll down the page to the questions that are posed.
You will be prompted to interpret the site with a number of questions. If you wish you may pull down on the Apple Menu and launch the simple word processor "SimpleText". With SimpleText open, you can copy the questions from this web page and paste them into SimpleText. Once you have pasted the questions into SimpleText, you can then type your ansers to the questions in SimpleText. You may then either print the questions and answers in the lab, or you may save your work to a floppy disk, and finish your answers on your home workd processing program. As an alternative, after you have made notes about the site, just as you would in the field, you may click on the hot spot provided at the end of this exercise to bring up a page that contains just the questions whic can then be printed. You may then take the questions and your notes home to finish your assignment.
You have now completed the computer portion of this assignment. We hope that you found it enjoyable and informative. At this point you should check your notes to make certain that you have all of the information you need to answer the questions completely. If you would like to have a printed copy of the questions, click here, and then choose "Print Frame..." under the File Menu.
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