School’s In Session
As the new academic year comes rolling in, we’re ready to hit the books again. We’ve added a few new elements to the site that we hope you’ll find useful.
Our pedagogy pages are up and running. On them, you’ll find exercises aimed at a range of users and applications, from undergraduate and graduate seminars to high schoolers and autodidacts. The modules on each page can be used individually, or incorporated as a series of exercises over the course of a semester or class, and introduce key questions posed by our books and readers along with the functionalities of the viewer. Each exercise contains step by step instructions, but if you or your class is new to using the AOR viewer, you may want to consult our How to Use AOR page. If you’ve had success using them, or adapting parts of the viewer in your own coursework, we’d love to hear from you.
One of the things we learned over the four years of developing the project is that the questions we were asking ourselves and our colleagues on a daily basis shouldn’t be hidden from view. Nor should our solutions to them be presented as definitive. The exercises on these pages represent some of our discoveries and thoughts, with additional background readings and room for expansion. As our readers and annotators demonstrated to us time and again over the course of the project, there is no end to the learning that can be drawn from these books, but that they depend on the knowledge that is brought to them. Our “Remaining Questions” section at the bottom of the pedagogy page pulls together a selection of these puzzles that left us collectively scratching our heads.
If you’re looking for more reflections on the material on the site, all of the video from our January symposium is now live on the website. Head to the Symposium Video page to hear our archaeologists discuss different aspects of the books, viewer, and the project.