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Welcome to the homepage for the Seoul National University geoarchaeology course for graduate students, Fall 2015. This site will not be the primary interface for the class as I will expect most of the work that you are going to do for the class to be done on the eTL (http://etl.snu.ac.kr). You will be expected to upload content to that website as part of your participation grade in this class.

Each week's class will involve a new topic for discussion, and students are expected to participate. Learning geoarchaeological techniques does not involve memorization and it is not something that your instructor can teach you by lecturing--you will have to become active in the learning process. We will begin the course with readings from George Rapp and Christopher Hill's Geoarchaeology 2nd Edition (2006) along with some published articles on the topics covered. After that, we will take field trips to selected spots near Seoul to look at soils and sediments together. One of your jobs as a student is to find places in the city or nearby countryside where there are exposures of sediments (e.g., fluvial cutbanks, road cuts, landslides). Take a picture, note the location, and we may go there together as a class.

In practical terms, your work requirements are fairly simple: keep up with the readings, make three weekly discussion points for the class, and write a final paper. Weekly discussion points are to be uploaded to this website prior to class time. You cannot duplicate the weekly discussion point of one of your classmates, so you have a strong incentive to upload your content as early as possible. If you like, we can talk about it in class each week so that you don't waste your efforts. So, for example, for the second week's class, we will talk about some of the pioneers of geoarchaeology, so a discussion topic would be "Vance Haynes" or "Mike Waters." You need to do a little bit of research on their careers and contributions to the field of geoarchaeology, upload the materials to the class website, and then be ready to talk about them in class. Each week, you will need to pick a topic in the textbook and do some more exhaustive research: collect photos from the internet, choose two or three useful articles to share with the class, have some definitions (even in Korean!), etc. I want you to demonstrate that you are thinking about the issues. This is 50% of your grade and it will also include participation in the field trips and other aspects of the class.

The other 50% of your grade will be the completion of a final (term) paper. The topics for the paper are open, but I strongly recommend that you find a topic that relates to your personal research interests and/or thesis. Examples of paper topics include:
*  Did the Little Ice Age contribute to rapid vegetation change and social instability during Joseon Dynasty Korea?
*  What is the evidence for landscape change during the Chulmun-Mumun transition and how did variability in the regional and local climates contribute to changes in the subsistence patterns of Neolithic peoples?
*  What challenges do archaeologists face for dating sites on the Korean Peninsula?
*  What are the impacts of rampant urbanization and mechanized agriculture on archaeological site preservation in Korea?
Of course, you can pick topics from any geographical area in the world, and you may think to do a comparative research paper between your study area and somewhere else. We will start working on your papers right away, and you will need to give me a thesis statement by the 8th week of class, a list of references that you plan to use by the 9th week of class, an outline by the 11th week of class, a rough draft by the 13th week of class, oral presentations in the 14th week of class, and your final paper is due to me in the 15th week of class.