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ANTHRO 201- Spring 2019 FIELD NOTES (30pts)
FIELD NOTES GUIDELINES
FIELD NOTES (2/20-3/27) 30 pts: Direct observations of your research topic across 2 field visits: detailed
descriptions, 18-25 pictures/sketches with captions, post-observation reflection. In order to successfully
complete this assignment, you will need to go out into the field at LEAST twice. Selfies are required for
The following items must be included (see student samples on D2L):
a) TOPIC (Archaeology or Primatology)
b) Dates of Visit (include start & end times for each visit) NOTE: 2-4 field visits.
c) Location(s) visited. Include a section/ pic of the general layout.
d) Pre-Fieldwork thoughts and expectations. 1 paragraph. Questions to consider: Why did you
select this topic? What has your experience been with it? What preconceptions and/or knowledge do
you have about the selected topic?
i. Include 18-25 pictures with captions.
ii. Notes should include detailed descriptions and comments. (3-4 sentences /pic)
iii. Guiding questions to consider:
f) Post-Fieldwork Reflection. 2-3 paragraphs.
i. Collect background research on your subject (online). Compare your pre-fieldwork
thoughts, observations and background research. To what extent were your
preconceptions confirmed, challenged, etc. What did you learn? Review and discuss
your research methods.
ii. MUSUEM: Reflect on the representation of the culture through material artifacts.
iii. PRIMATES: Reflect on how non-human primates help us understand humans and
NOTE: Keep in mind that you are not presenting your field notes. You are using your field notes as a basis for your
research topic (e.g. Primatology→ gorillas at the zoo→ gorilla diet; Archaeology→ Ancient Egypt→ mummification).
❖ Plagiarism will NOT be tolerated. If you are unsure about something, please come talk to me and/or go to the writing
center. Any plagiarism will result in an “F” assignment and you may be referred for additional action.
Exhibit and Artifact Analysis.
• Be sure to provide a descriptive overview
of the use of space, images, lighting,
colors, and general location within the
• What is the central theme of the exhibit?
• Consider the target audience and the
extent to which the exhibit is successful.
• Does the display accurately depict the
culture you researched? Where did the
information about this culture come
• Be sure to provide a descriptive overview of the
use of space. How many primates are housed
within this exhibit? (Include gender and age).
• Take notes on their behavior, locomotor
patterns, anatomical similarities and
differences, patterns of social interactionsgrooming, dominance behavior, etc. (esp.
between mother and infant),
• As you are watching the primates, take very
descriptive notes. Be prepared to observe them
for at least 45-60 minutes. You should also pay
attention to how the humans are observing the
non-human primates and vice-versa. What are