∙ Create a presentation based on the guidelines below, and paste it on to the discussion board. ∙ If you like, you can also attach your GA 2 presentation in. word or .rtf format, but please DO
paste as well. This makes the presentations more accessible to all! ∙ Write at least two thoughtful, substantive responses to at least two of your classmate’s
presentations, according to the guidelines below.
When archaeologists study the remains of human culture, much of the evidence we have to work with is actually the refuse, or garbage, that individuals and groups have left behind.
Archaeologists find the remains of various items in situ, then catalogue them carefully, taking care to note their location and relationship to other objects. It is these remains of material culture that have given us much of the information we now have about prehistoric human societies.
Your lab assignment is to evaluate modern garbage, as an archaeologist, and extrapolate as much as you can about our culture, based on your material evidence, using the structures and principles outlined in The Story of Stuff. www.storyofstuff.com
The first step in this assignment is to choose a piece of garbage (hereafter referred to as “evidence”). Your evidence can be something that you have seen in the trash, have thrown away recently or are about to throw away, or something that someone you know is throwing away.
It could even be a piece of furniture that someone has placed on a street corner. You have complete freedom as far as the evidence you choose to research. It can be a zip lock bag, a battery, chicken bones, a computer, furniture, even an old car.
Please include a picture of the item you have chosen to research; ideally this would be a digital photo that you have taken yourself (in situ), but if this is not possible, at least a representation of the evidence from the web (always include citations for web sources).
Use the five stages of materials economy outlined in The Story of Stuff to research the extraction, production, distribution, consumption, and disposal of your evidence.
Propose an alternative solution that addresses problems in at least two stages of the materials economy. These can be problems related to pollution, over-consumption, social justice, or any other aspect of the system.
The solutions can be grass-roots or institutional, and they can be implemented at the individual, community, or state level. The solutions must be realistic, and the processes must be realistic and clearly explained in your online presentations. See the presentation template below.
Presentations should be pasted onto the d-board. Pictures will usually come through most reliably as attachments. You should approach these presentations and peer reviews as though you were professional archaeologists. Before posting to the d-board, all presentations should be carefully proofread and edited.
After all the presentations have been submitted, each student is to write a thoughtful response to at least 2 of your peers’ presentations. The responses should be at least 150 words, and should exhibit the same level of professionalism as the presentations.
Please do your best to respond as you think an archaeologist would respond, in a peer review situation. Engage with specific points in the presentation. Comment on the strengths of the presentation, and offer suggestions and ideas for improvement in a constructive way. If possible, make connections to your own research, and draw parallels or make contrasts.
Enjoy your stint as archaeologists. I look forward to reading your presentations and reviews.
Template for Garbage Archaeology Presentations:
Brief Introduction of your evidence (3-5 sentences).
Alternate solutions or approaches to the material cycle of your evidence (1-2 paragraphs)
A conclusion (3-7 sentences).
Your works cited, citing all sources.