Grades in ANTH460 are based on a variety of objective and subjective criteria. Although there are no formal exams in the class, each of your performance is evaluated by the instructor on a daily basis and such evaluation comprises 50% of your final grade (Field Skills and Field Attitude components below). The rest of your grade is based on a series of written documents and electronic data records (field notebook, GPS records, artifacts coding, research reports) that you'll prepare during the field school. If you expect to get an "A" in the class, the overall quality of your work has to be at a level where the instructor would feel comfortable giving you a glowing recommendation for a position on any archaeological research project. Since a Field School is often one of the criteria used in hiring crew members for archaeological projects, you'll not be given an "A" unless you've demonstrated that you can do field work in a productive, non-destructive manner while working well as part of a research team. If the instructor has any reservations about your abilities to participate in subsequent field research, you'll probably not get an "A" in AP460. Grading in Field School is somewhat different than in a normal class where if you do poorly it only damages your GPA - if you are doing poorly in the field, in all probability you're causing irreparable damage to an archaeological resource.
Field Skills (25 points) You will be evaluated on the overall quality of your field efforts. You don't have to be perfect in all aspects of fieldwork, but your work MUST reflect a concern for the fragile, irreplaceable nature of archaeological resources. Making one mistake in not a problem, but consistently making mistakes in excavation/documentation protocol through inattention, carelessness, or an incomplete reading of the field manuals is a problem that will be EXTREMELY detrimental to your grade. We do look at your data records and the quality of work on these provides an objective record of your performance. Are your data forms in order, are you willing to work with data entry people to correct errors in your work, is your handwriting legible, are you concerned with the safety and comfort of the rest of the crew, do you watch were you step, due you follow bear safety rules, are you careful with the equipment? These are all factors that can influence your grade. IF YOU MAKE A MISTAKE IN RECORDING ARE YOU WILLING TO MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO RECTIFY THE ERROR? A "what does it matter" attitude or defensive reactions will result in a poor grade in the class. If you expect to get an "A" or "B" in the class, your work must demonstrate a concern with the systematic, scientific documentation of archaeological materials.
Field Attitude (25 points) Fieldwork often requires a certain co-operative attitude and you will be evaluated on how well you interact with the other students, instructors, and other members of the field crew. Public interest in archaeological sites is high, and part of your day-to-day activities will often involve interaction with visitors who'll be wanting to know what you're doing and why. Think of these questions as quizzes for the class. Although it may not seem like it, I usually listen to your interactions with visitors and with other students. Other important aspects of Field Attitude include issues such as: are you on-site on time, do you miss many days of fieldwork, does the crew consistently need to wait on you, do you contribute to keeping the site and camp clean, do you follow instructions well? Given that there are wide range of things that need to be done on an excavation, and given that you'll probably not find all of them equally fascinating, how well do you adapt to not always getting to do the "fun stuff?" Are you willing to put in your time on survey, coding artifacts, "noodeling", on KP?
Field Journal (20 points). At the beginning of the project, each of you will be given a Field Journal in which you'll keep a daily record of your activities on the site. THIS JOURNAL WILL BE TURNED IN AT THE END OF THE FIELD SEASON AND WILL (along with all other forms and paperwork you complete during the summer) BECOME PART OF THE PERMANENT RECORDS OF THE PROJECT. Record what you did, where you worked, what you found, weather conditions, record and explain any mistakes you'd made, and describe the steps taken to fix the mistake. Draw sketch maps of sites, record elevations, and keep track of grid co-ordinates. You'll be given written feedback on your field journal about mid-way through the field season. Remember that in 5, 10, or 50 years someone else may be reading your Journal as a source of information about what happened at the site. Your records are important!
Seminar/Lecture Attendance (10 points). During the summer we will have several morning or evening lectures that will cover a variety of topics. Plan on attending and paying attention. We will also have several evening seminar sessions in which we'll talk about research at the sites, answer questions about what we've been doing and why, and discuss your research projects. You will be given grade points based on your attendance and participation in these activities.
Research Project (20 points). Each of you will be required to design, implement, and report on a field research project. All projects must be approved by the instructor before you begin. Work on the projects is to be done primarily in the evenings or during breaks in the fieldwork although many of you will also be using data that have been collected as part of the daily fieldwork activities. You will be required to present a brief verbal summary of you project to the instructor. During ANTH460, you will focus on project design and data collection, and much of the written component of the project will be included as part of your field journal. In addition, each project must have a 150 word abstract included that clearly states your research questions, summarizes what you've done, and discusses the relevance of the work. As with all other records, the data you generate and the report you create will become part of the permanent records of the project.