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    Free online archaeology course

    https://www.coursera.org/#course/secrets

    This is a free online course for people interested in learning about archaeology and archaeologists. Taught by Susan Alcock at Brown University.

    What a great idea. I hope she gets a lot of buzz.

    If you're interested in other free online courses https://www.coursera.org/#courses?or...n&cats=biology
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    OK - you talked me into it I signed up. Hopefully it will give me a new appreciation for the earth.

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    Signed up. Thank you so much, this sounds amazing, and I've always wanted to learn more about this subject!

    And I have bookmarked this website. Thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by numbers123 View Post
    OK - you talked me into it I signed up. Hopefully it will give me a new appreciation for the earth.
    I'm not certain how much you'll learn about the earth, but you should gain a perspective about the people who inhabit it. I'm tempted to do it even having a PhD in archaeology. I have already read the recommended readings.
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    Did you particularly like the main book recommended? I'm not usually a big fan of most textbooks, but I have found some that I liked in certain classes and subjects.

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    Signed up. Maybe I'll do better with actually doing this course than I have the history courses I've tried in the past.

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    I signed up! I'm excited!

    If I got to do college all over again, I'd take more anthropology, archaeology, and geography classes. Perfect mix of social science and hard science.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michiruwater View Post
    Did you particularly like the main book recommended? I'm not usually a big fan of most textbooks, but I have found some that I liked in certain classes and subjects.
    The Renfrew and Bahn book is the standard text for an intro to archaeology course. It's good. Colin Renfrew is a British archaeologist and is a theorist. The text discusses some of the theoretical models but doesn't get bogged down in them because they know this book is not intended for an advanced theory and methods class. My undergrad degree is biology and I'd never had an archaeology class when I went to grad school. I was given this text to read and then was given a test on the book to essentially comp out of the undergrad archaeology class. I passed.

    Maybe I should sign up if all of you are. I could do it under an assumed name. Just in case she checks.
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    I love Cousera (though no time to do this one, as I'm currently doing three Coursera courses at the moment!)

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    It sounds really interesting, and I would sign up, but I'm away for 2 weeks in July, and I'm not sure if it would work (although for one of those weeks I'd be studying at Oxford University!). What are the logisitics of the course? Can you do a catch-up at your own pace? I can't find it out on the website.

    O screw it, I signed up anyways. I'll find time at Oxford- not so sure about the second week while I'm hiking on Dartmoor, but I'll figure something out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rfisher View Post
    The Renfrew and Bahn book is the standard text for an intro to archaeology course. It's good. Colin Renfrew is a British archaeologist and is a theorist. The text discusses some of the theoretical models but doesn't get bogged down in them because they know this book is not intended for an advanced theory and methods class. My undergrad degree is biology and I'd never had an archaeology class when I went to grad school. I was given this text to read and then was given a test on the book to essentially comp out of the undergrad archaeology class. I passed.

    Maybe I should sign up if all of you are. I could do it under an assumed name. Just in case she checks.
    Thank you! I'll look around to see if I can find a place where I can afford it Much appreciated!

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    Damn you rfisher! These free online courses sound so interesting but I don't know if I'll have the time to devote to them. Can these be done via iPad? The Fantasy and Science Fiction course sounds good.

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    I know. I've got my year planned out. A couple of these global health classes will be incorporated into my two senior level classes in the fall. Somebody else gets to find all the resources for me. In fact, I may just require the students to register for one of these.

    I just signed up for the history of rock music class.
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    I signed up too! Beats watching reality TV. Was thinking about the rock one too!
    I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tesla View Post
    Damn you rfisher! These free online courses sound so interesting but I don't know if I'll have the time to devote to them. Can these be done via iPad? The Fantasy and Science Fiction course sounds good.

    A friend took the Fantasy and Science Fiction course last time around and really enjoyed it; she highly recommends it. (She also took the ModPo class and really, really recommends that one.) I'm doing the Greek and Roman Mythology one again; I'm not doing the quizzes or anything, just doing the reading. I got behind last time and I'm behind again this time. There is so much I want to read and I seem to have less and less time.

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    I just signed up for the History of Rock Music Pt 1! And that Fantasy and Science Fiction is very tempting. What a great site. Thanks rfisher.

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    I signed up to take The Camera Never Lies. It looks really cool.

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    I'm taking the archaeology class. My cousin is an archaeologist and I've taken an actual introduction to archaeology course. It sounds like a lot of fun.

    I signed up for a few last year but had to drop them with the new baby and everything. Mythology and whatnot.

    I am also signed up for a class on gaming as a sort of literary device. I forget the title of it.

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