Answer any four of the following five questions in no more than a single page of text each,
double-spaced. Be sure to answer all aspects of the question, and that you provide a wellcrafted response. Each question response is worth up to 5 points, for a maximum possible
contribution of 20 points towards your final mark for this course.
Please utilize course and textbook material, along with the additional readings that were
assigned, to respond to these questions. Make sure you include a title page with your name
and student number as page 1, followed by one response on each subsequent page so that
your exam is 5 pages total (title page plus four one-page responses). Please indicate the
question number you are responding to on each page. Upload your responses to Blackboard
as a single document, which should include page numbers.
Note each of these questions should require a full page to sufficiently respond.
1. What is an analogy? What role do analogies play in archaeological interpretation? What
are some problems with using analogies to interpret the archaeological record? How have
archaeologists attempted to overcome these problems and limitations?
2. What are the differences between foragers and collectors in terms of their mobility and
strategies for getting resources? What types of archaeological sites do each generate? How do
archaeologists utilize these concepts and archaeological expectations to reconstruct past
3. How can a household be defined? What are some factors that affect how households are
organized and how they change? Why are households important in the study of the
4. What are the goals of historical archaeology? Why do we do archaeology when we have
written records? How can historical archaeology foster change in the present and future?
5. Why might we want to preserve the archaeological record? In what specific ways can the
past inform us about the present and the future? What are the most pressing challenges to
preserving the archaeological record, and how can we overcome these