Do you think that your author made a convincing case?

Physical Analysis of Skeletons


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Select one(1) of the following scholarly articles. Read it carefully and then write a report in which you specifically address what the thesis/point of the article is, the kinds of evidence the author(s) presents, and how the author(s)employs the evidence to argue for his or her point. Based on the evidence & arguments presented, do you think that your author made a convincing case? Are there any obvious weaknesses in the evidence presented or the arguments? After reading the article, what additional questions do you have concerning the author’s position?

The purpose of this exercise is to gain practice in reading and understanding the kinds of evidence and argument employed by archaeological professionals. The articles are fairly short by disciplinary standards (15-30 pages, typically) and not hyper-technical. It is NOT expected that you will understand all of the references or nuances of the articles!!!The basic points are quite accessible, however, even to non-specialists.

The articles are available on the Blackboard site for this course. Go to the “Content” section and look in the folder “PDF Articles for Assignment 2.” They are stored in .pdf format, so you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader program, which is installed on most computers these days or built into browsers; it is available from for free.Some of these cannot be printed out in hard copy form for publishing reasons, but they may easily be read on-line, and you may copy the files to your computers.

This should be areport in the range of around 1000-1200 words, typed & double-spaced.

You may NOT use direct quotes from the articles in this assignment. Express the author’s ideas as you understand them in your own words. Because of that, and because you are responding to a specific article, it is not necessary to use internal documentation to indicate your source or page numbers. You should make clear in the first paragraph, however, to which article you are responding.

Barringer, J. (2005). The Temple of Zeus, Heroes, and Athletes.Hesperia 74, 211-241. [the selection of mythical scenes for the pediments of the Temple of Zeus at Olympia has been a puzzle]

Hoffman, G. (2002). Painted Ladies: Early Cycladic II Mourning Figures? American Journal of Archaeology 106, 525-550. [what were those marble figures used for?]

Hurwit, J. M. (2002). Reading the Chigi Vase.Hesperia 71, 1-22 [aProtocorinthian pot with a hoplite battle and other scenes usually taken to be primarily decorative, but Hurwit offers another reading]

Hurwit, J. M. (2006). Lizards, Lions, and the Uncanny in Early Greek Art. Hesperia 75, 121-136. [obvious content]

Liston, M. & Papadopoulos, J. K. (2004). The ‘Rich Athenian Lady’ was Pregnant.Hesperia 73, 7-38. [this is about a well-known Geometric Period burial that yielded a surprise when re-studied]

Molloy, B. (2010). Swords and Swordsmanship in the Aegean Bronze Age.American Journal of Archaeology 114, 403-428. [obvious content]

Morris, Ian. (1999). Archaeology and Gender Ideologies in Early Archaic Greece.Transactions of the American Philological Association 129, 305-317. [can practices of the Classical Period be projected into the past?]

Olsen, B. (1998). Women, Children and the Family in the Late Aegean Bronze Age: Differences in Minoan and Mycenaean Constructions of Gender. World Archaeology 29, 380-392. [obvious content]

Schepartz, L., Miller-Antonio, S., & Murphy, J.(2009). Differential Health among the Mycenaeans of Messenia: Status, Sex, and Dental Health at Pylos. In New Directions in the Skeletal Biology of Greece(HesperiaSupplement 43(pp. 155-174))


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