Thomas Wake

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ANTHRO C117
Selected Laboratory Topics in Archaeology See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 2.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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Wake is the coolest professor ever. He assigns a ton of reading and his exams can be a lot of writing, but it's totally doable. First or second week of class, Wake busts out a bunch of frozen deer legs on the table for students to deflesh for their final projects. Using your hands to make tools or ornaments using the same technology as our ancestors was such a fun and immersive process. I highly recommend taking a class with Dr. Wake if you are at all interested in lithics.

(Fall Quarter 2019)
ANTHRO 117P
Selected Laboratory Topics in Archaeology See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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Professor Wake is one of the most amazing professors at UCLA. I've taken all of his courses, and they were a bit difficult to handle at first. The professor, however, does an excellent job of helping you along the way. Since this is a selected topics course, there are no more than 15 people in the class. Therefore, the professor gets very involved with his students. This is a hands-on learning experience that beats any lecture. I have learned more from his selected topics courses than any other Anthropology lectures. His tests are a little difficult, but if you are attending all the lectures and keeping up with the readings then you are in solid shape of getting a good grade. Dr. Wake is a brilliant man, and a gem to the Anthropology/Cotsen Archaeology department!

(Spring Quarter 2017)
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ANTHRO 119
Selected Topics in Archaeology: Archaeology of Lower Central America: Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama See Full Profile

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ANTHRO 119
Selected Topics in Archaeology: Post-Woolsey Fire Archaeology: Reconnaissance, Surface Survey, and Site Documentation See Full Profile

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ANTHRO 119
Selected Topics in Archaeology: Archaeology of Extinction See Full Profile

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ANTHRO 119
Selected Topics in Archaeology See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 3.0 Workload 2.8 Clarity 2.5 Helpfulness 2.2

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This was a excellent course on the archaeology of Lower Central America. It covers the archaeology of Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. It starts from the middle Pleistocene and ends at around 1500 A.D. It also covers topics such as paleo-Indian lithic technology and subsistence, and includes various culture areas and early material culture. Just keep in mind this course does not cover Mayan archaeology! Your grade consist of five quizzes, a midterm, and final exam. All quizzes were short written answers identifying material culture or identifying geographic points on a map. The midterm and final consisted of 20 questions each. Some questions on the exams were mix and match, others were short and long essay answers. To be honest the exams were not difficult if you did the readings and went to lecture. Plus he did provide study guides! Just keep in mind that he does assign a ton of reading the first 5 weeks. At times I became frustrated because we had over 100 pages of reading a week before midterms, ugh. It was tough for me because I had to grind while taking 4 courses this quarter; but it’s totally doable if you’re taking 3 classes. Also, Dr. Wake only answered 1 out of 3 emails I sent him and he didn’t give us our midterm grades until week 10! The latter due to some administrative departmental issues with acquiring a grader for our exams. I’m sure that’s not his usual grading routine, but nonetheless nerve racking. Other than that he was a excellent professor that is very insightful about archaeology and I would definitely recommend this class!

(Fall Quarter 2020)
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ARCHEOL M205A
Selected Laboratory Topics in Archaeology See Full Profile

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ANTHRO M212S
Selected Laboratory Topics in Archaeology See Full Profile

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ANTHRO CM217
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