Archaeology's Dirty Little Secrets

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Admit it — you wanted to be an archaeologist when you grew up... This course builds on that enthusiasm, while radically expanding your notions about just what archaeology is and just what archaeologists do.
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 7 reviews
  • 5 completed
4 years, 11 months ago
Prof Alcock is a natural on camera (are you listening Discovery Channel?) as well as being a accomplished scholar. I especially enjoyed the inclusion of so many of her colleagues, offering learners a broad introduction to the subject. I hope she offers a Part 2.
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8/10 starsCompleted
  • 6 reviews
  • 6 completed
3 years, 10 months ago
I loved this MOOC, I had great fun doing it. The professor was brimming with enthusiasm and her learning really shone through. The idea of interviews with archaeologists working on different sites appealed to me very much. The downside was that the course was very basic - I still hope we'll get a more advanced follow-up to this one. Still, if you like archaeology, this course is a must.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 11 months ago
I love archaeology and have done quite a bit of reading on my own, so I was very familiar with the topic (and not just through mass media). I subscribe to Archaeology magazine, which is how I heard of this course. I have actually taken it each year it was offered. I think Sue does a wonderful job dispelling the myths about archaeology and exposing the secrets and it is fascinating to hear the reports from the field. The assignments are also very engaging.
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 3 reviews
  • 2 completed
4 years, 11 months ago
This was a great course and the assignments were extremely challenging, but doing them was fun. I learnt a lot, especially from the peer reviews of my fellow students, both having to do them for others and having them review my work. I didn't really know much about archaeology before taking this course, and it really opened up the topic for me. I would certainly take another course with Sue.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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  • 1 completed
4 years, 12 months ago
This course is wonderful! The enthusiasm of the Instructor, Sue Alcock is amazing. Professor Alcock provides projects each week that will definitely help you to learn about archeology. She also has video interviews with the project leads in different areas of the world to help explain the ups and downs of being archeologists, what they've found and what that means. The work can be intense at times, but without challenge, there is no learning. It's well worth the work and time to be able to see almost first-hand what it's all about!
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years ago
Loved the way the course was set up - lectures, lab work and interviews. I was not interested in doing the homework, but I got a lot of out just by watching the videos on my train ride.
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Zeljka T profile image
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10/10 starsCompleted
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  • 3 completed
5 years, 1 month ago
I always liked archaeology and was interested in the subject from afar. I haven't yet completed any other course related to it, so I can't compare it with any other course. I can only say I immensely enjoyed it although it was at times difficult to keep up with it together with my strenuous work hours, because the assignments that weren't obligatory but still necessary to achieve the statement of accomplishment, required more of the free time to do. To anybody interested in the subject, I would heartily recommend this course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 14 reviews
  • 11 completed
5 years, 1 month ago
Superb MOOC even if you have no interest in archaeology. Seriously. You get to learn the basics about the study of archaeology and to see beautiful "people, places, things". Assignments are pure entertainment. I honestly believe that Sue Alcock from Brown University is a legendary teacher. She is born with special teaching gift and this MOOC is a proof.
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Inese Okonova profile image
10/10 starsCompleted
  • 4 reviews
  • 4 completed
4 years, 11 months ago
Great course. I am taking it for the second time. The first time missed the dead-lines and did not complete works on time. Then during Christmas vacations went through the course archive and hope to manage now. No previous experience with archaeology. Just with history. Great professor, great lectures, fun exercises. Recommend.
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 33 reviews
  • 31 completed
5 years, 6 months ago
A justly very well-received course. Like the ModPo (Modern and Contemporary Poetry) course, this MOOC sets a really high standard for its accessibility, quality of content, fun factor and sheer enthusiasm. The lively instructor, Prof. Alcock and her team, has thoughtfully constructed a multi-layered educational experience - great lecture content delivered with passion, very active discussion board, many extra features that were fun to discover and interact, strong presence of the professor and teaching assistants in the discussion threads, fun assignments - every week we had three interesting choices! It was simply a great introduction to the field.
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9/10 starsCompleted
  • 7 reviews
  • 7 completed
5 years, 6 months ago
No previous experience. Course was really good, teaching style was engaging and fun . Would highly recommend anyone with a slight interest In Archaeology to try this course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 2 reviews
  • 2 completed
5 years, 6 months ago
I simply cannot put a finger on this course. It was perfect! Sue is absolutely fascinating and incredibly inspiring.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 6 months ago
A great course for those with little background in the subject. Dr. Alcock and staff were involved in the forums. The material was easily covered with level of involvement dependent on the individual participant. The material was presented in lectures, demos, interaction with other Brown U. Faculty. Peer review was a component along with quizzes for grading.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 7 months ago
This was the first MOOC I ever took and, after a few more under my belt, easily the best. The production values were top-notch and Sue Alcock was great. Her easygoing attitude made it feel like you had wandered into her office and asked what you could expect if you decided to major in Archaeology. While the material itself wasn't terribly difficult, the assignments were time consuming. Everybody seemed to put in a lot of effort into both the assignments and the peer-reviewed critiques. I learned quite a bit about the fundamentals of archaeology, and, more importantly, I learned that I wasn't meant for this career path. It was nice to figure that out and still get so much enjoyment out of this course. Highly recommended.
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5 years, 9 months ago
Dr. Sue and her team made education entertaining. Loved her "office hours", discussions with other colleagues, and hands-on assignments. It made me want to head straight to Brown to study archaeology. I found it to be a great introduction or survey of the current field of archaeology. Many of the students are actively petitioning for another, more advanced class. Anyone with an interest in history, archaeology, or human culture should sign up for this class.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 8 months ago
This was my first MOOC, and was very good. An ecellent blend of assignments (choice from 3 per week), provided readings, and lectures. I had little experience with the subject before the course, but lots of enthusiasm, it had options for those who knew nothing or had little time to spend, and options for those who wanted more. I am currently taking two more courses, but this was by far the best so far.
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 5 reviews
  • 4 completed
5 years, 9 months ago
Best MOOC ever! a great presenter, variety of presentation styles. choice of exercises, great discussion forums, and a team teaching approach that was new in a MOOC for me. this is anything but a talking head. Fun funny and serious learning.
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5 years, 9 months ago
One of the best MOOCs I have taken. The course is organized very well, with a lot of material complementary to the lectures such as worthwhile readings and interviews with practicing archeologists as well as some 'lab demonstrations' to watch. Another real strong point of the class is the assignments: there is a choice in each assignment of which you prefer to complete, so you can channel your creativity, yet you grade all types so you can see and learn about the tasks others chose to complete. I found the assignments particularly useful and enlightening. Professor "Sue" is charming, funny and a great speaker - perfect balance of good information but still introductory.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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  • 2 completed
5 years, 10 months ago
I have just finished my first two courses on Coursera and have taken a couple of courses from Udacity. Out of the four courses, this is by far my favorite one. I would have gladly paid to take this course. Very interesting material, great selection of speakers and very upbeat staff. The videos were great, the readings very appropriate AND the assignments were good.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 11 months ago
best mooc ever!!! Sue, the instructor is engaging and funny and you learn stuff in a really easy manner, without any effort because it's simply delightful. The readings are very interesting and there are lots of optional material to look at. The assignments are interesting and fun. Don't miss this course!!!
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9/10 starsTaking Now
5 years, 11 months ago
This course is sensational. Prof Alcock and the team at Brown have mounted a truly slick course that raises the bar for MOOCs generally. The minimum amount of work to earn a certificate falls within the 5-7 hour/week posted time requirement. However, there are tons of additional readings and activities for those who wish to do so. The overall tenor of the course is "Archaeology is fun," but there's some serious educating going on at the same time. The required readings are announced in advance; the links all work; the course maintains a predictable schedule; and the staff are very active on the forums and maintain close contact with course participants. I've completed some ten MOOCs and will complete this one--three weeks to the end. Don't miss it when it's offered again.
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