Collaborative Archaeology/Historic Sites Project

HISTORY– WESTERN CIVILIZATION I

Collaborative Archaeology/Historic Sites Project (StoryMap.js)

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Purpose of the Assignment

This is a semester-long assignment with the purpose of researching and learning about archaeological discoveries that have contributed to the known information about Western History. Students will examine information about these historic sites in academic articles, online books, archeology journals, university websites, encyclopedias, and the UNESCO World Heritage site. This research will allow students to understand how archaeology and historical preservation has played an extremely important role in helping historians to understand the past and shape its interpretation. The assignment will also provide students with research and writing skills necessary in academic environments. Students will draft a short article about their assigned archaeological sites using their collected sources, which will be revised and submitted into a collective Digital History platform (StoryMap.js).

 

Part 1. Choose and Archaeological Site (5 pts)

Due Date: Friday, September 11

Directions: Part 1 of the assignment will allow you to select your preferred archaeological site from the list posted at the end of this document (see page 4). Send 2 possible sites to Professor F via email (00000) by the due date. Professor F will approve your submission in an email response.

 

Part 2. Bibliography (5 pts)

Due Date: Friday, October 2

Directions: In Part 2, students will submit a list of minimum of 5 digital sources in the form of a bibliography in MLA or Chicago-Turabian style (see Canvas for citation info) of all the sources collected for the final archaeology report. This assignment will not require you to conduct research at the library due to safety concerns raised by Covid-19, but you may choose to retrieve materials from the library if you so choose. Therefore, you will only be required to find reliable digital resources.

Source Requirements:

  • 1 Academic Journal Article
  • 3 Websites (NOT WIKIPEDIA!)
  • 1 The UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Part 3. Draft #1 (15 pts)

Due Date: Friday, October 23.

Directions: Part 3 will require students to research and write a brief Archaeology Report about their chosen archaeological site including the following information in the sections assigned. The Archaeology Report must include the following sections and information:

  • Section 1: Basic historical information about the site (society? and how it was used during its time?)

 

  • Section 2: Archaeological discovery of the site (include dates, persons or organizations that participated). Major discoveries at the site (any famous discoveries/artifacts?) or important structures, objects, art. Preservation of the Site by cultural organizations.

 

  • Section 3: Historic importance of the site (How has this site helped construct the history of the society it belongs to? Has it provided new information about it?)

 

Technical Requirements:

  • Double-spaced, 11-12 font, 2 pages min. – 4 pages max.

 

  • Cite all your information in parenthetical citations within the text (See Canvas for citation info).

 

  • Include a bibliography (not part of the total page count) in MLA or Chicago-Turabian style.

 

  • Pictures and graphics encouraged. To be included in an Appendix page (not part of the total page count).

 

 

Part 4. Draft #2 (20 pts)

 

Due Date: Friday, November 13

Directions: After receiving your graded Draft #1 back from your instructor, revise, edit, and polish your Archaeology Report to for a Final Draft based on the professor’s comments and suggestions. This final draft will be submitted for a grade before a final submission on the StoryMap.js website.

 

 

 

Part 5. Submission to StoryMap.js (10 pts)

 

Due Date: Friday, December 11

 

Directions: StoryMapJS is a free digital tool to help you tell stories on the web that highlight the locations of a series of events. For this final step, you will collaborate in a final Digital Humanities story that will map important locations related to the history of Western cultures studied in class. We will share this digital resource with the Department of History and Politics at Marymount at the end of the Fall 2020 semester.

 

 

  • Step 2: Click on the green button “Make a StoryMap”
  • Step 3: Log in using our class Gmail account
    (Account Information will be sent individually to students after final draft submissions).
  • Step 4: Once logged in, select our StoryMap project titled “Archaeological Sites of Western Civilization (HI 103 B Final Project)”.
  • Step 5: On the far left-hand side you will see a panel with slides. Click on the + Add Slide symbol to add your slide. This will allow you to provide the information you have researched and written about in your report.
  • Step 6: In the middle of the screen you will see a small white tab “Search of a location or enter coordinates”. Click on it and type in the location of your archeological site.

 

  • Step 7: On the bottom left-hand side (MEDIA) add an image related to your archeological site.

 

  • Step 8: On the bottom right-hand side type the title of your site where it says “HEADLINE”. Copy and paste your report on the blank space provided below. (You can play around with the fonts, add links, or change background colors).

 

  • Step 9: On the top center, click on Preview to see what your work looks like.

 

  • Step 10: On the top left-side click on the blue Save tab when you are done. Click on the “My Maps” button on the top left to logout. Email Professor Fa (0000) to let her know you have completed this final step.

 

 

 

 

Archaeological and Historical Sites to Choose From

 

Email Professor Fa (0000) by Friday, September 11 with two possible sites of your choose. You will receive an email back with your approved site.

 

 

 

 

  1. Babylon
  2. The Valley of the Kings
  3. Abu Simbel
  4. Thebes and Necropolis
  5. Mycenae
  6. Miletus
  7. Troy
  8. Acropolis
  9. Delphi
  10. Olympia
  11. Carthage
  12. Hadrian’s Wall
  13. Pompeii
  14. Ostia
  15. Verulamium
  16. Vindolanda
  17. City of Bath
  18. Roman Forum
  19. Ephesus
  20. Aphrodisias
  21. Hagia Sophia
  22. St Catherine Monastery, Egypt
  23. Jerusalem
  24. Sutton Hoo
  25. L’Anse aux Meadows
  26. Birka and Hovgarden
  27. Gamla Uppsala
  28. Istanbul
  29. (Historic) Jeddah
  30. Alhambra
  31. Santiago de Compostela
  32. Mont-Saint-Michel
  33. Carcassonne
  34. Crac (or Krak) des Chevaliers
  35. Fountains Abbey
  36. Canterbury Cathedral
  37. Acre
  38. Tower of London
  39. Rock-Hewn Churches, Lalibela
  40. Avignon (Papal Palace)

 

  1. Vatican City
  2. Villa d’Este

 

 

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