Written Assignment #1 Peopling of the Americas: Due Sunday Oct. 13th at 11:59 PM PST

This week we focused on the first peopling of the Americas during the Pleistocene epoch and the major debates surrounding this topic. Your assignment is to write a short essay (700 words minimum) that summarizes the required readings assigned for Week 2 and includes the following:

  • Compare and contrast the ‘Clovis first’/ice-free corridor hypothesis with the the coastal migration/‘kelp highway’ hypothesis. Specifically, what do each of these hypotheses claim in terms of the timing and migration routes of the first people in the Americas?
  • For each hypothesis, include discussion of specific archaeological evidence/sites that are central to these debates. For example, what evidence supports and/or challenges each hypothesis?
  • A critical synthesis of what you think is the most likely scenario given the evidence for or against each hypothesis.
  • You must include both in-text citations and a bibliography for all articles you reference. Please format citations and references using APA style (i.e., not MLA). You may pull information from lecture material but it must be appropriately cited. You will be graded on writing quality, so be sure to check spelling, grammar, and sentence clarity.
  • No outside resources needed, only use attached files.

Rubric

ANTH344_A#1

ANTH344_A#1

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeTiming AND route CFMentions both the timing and the route of the ‘Clovis first’/ice-free corridor hypothesis.

3.0 pts

Full Marks

2.5 pts

Timing OR route CF

Doesn’t mention either route or timing of the ‘Clovis first’/ice-free corridor hypothesis.

0.0 pts

No Marks

3.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeTiming AND route KHMentions both the timing and the route of the Kelp highway/coastal migration hypothesis.

3.0 pts

Full Marks

2.5 pts

Timing OR route KH

Doesn’t mention either route or timing of the Kelp highway/coastal migration

0.0 pts

No Marks

3.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSpecific evidence for both KH and CFFor BOTH hypotheses, discusses specific archaeological evidence/sites that are central to these debates. For example, what evidence supports and/or challenges each hypothesis? Explain!!

5.0 pts

Full Marks

4.0 pts

Evidence for both hypothesis but does not explain

Mentions evidence or archaeological sites related to both hypotheses but does not explain how it supports or challenges the hypotheses.

2.5 pts

Evidence for 1 hypothesis

Discusses evidence for one hypothesis, and does not mention evidence for the other hypothesis.

1.5 pts

Evidence for one hypothesis but does not explain

Mentions evidence or archaeological sites related to both hypotheses but does not explain how it supports or challenges the hypothesis.

0.0 pts

No Marks

5.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWhich hypothesis is more likely?Conducts a critical synthesis of what they think is the most likely scenario given the evidence for or against each hypothesis. Explain why, you think one hypothesis is more likely than the other, using evidence like, timing, route, artifacts, archaeological sites, etc.

5.0 pts

Full Marks

2.5 pts

Does not explain why

Indicates a more likely hypothesis but does not explain why this hypothesis is more likely.

0.0 pts

No Marks

5.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCitation and BibUsed APA for correct in text citation and bibliography.

2.5 pts

Full Marks

2.0 pts

Bib and In text with mistakes

Provided both a bibliography AND in text citation but with mistakes.

1.25 pts

Bib OR in text citation

Provided either a correct bibliography OR in text citation

0.75 pts

Bib OR in text with mistakes

Provided either a bibliography OR in text citation, but with mistakes.

2.5 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSpelling and GrammarSpelling and grammar mistakes – 0.25 for each.

1.5 pts

Full Marks

0.0 pts

No Marks

1.5 pts

Total Points: 20.0

Readings:

1. Braje, T.J. et al. 2017. Finding the first Americans. Science 358, 592–594.

2. Waters, M. R., & Stafford, T. W. (2013). The first Americans: A review of the evidence for the Late-Pleistocene peopling of the Americas. Paleoamerican odyssey, 543-562.

3. Erlandson, J.M., et al. 2007. The Kelp Highway Hypothesis: Marine Ecology, the Coastal Migration Theory, and the Peopling of the Americas. The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology 2, 161–174.

4. Potter, B.A., et al. 2018. Current evidence allows multiple models for the peopling of the Americas. Science Advances 4, eaat5473.

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