Undergraduate Course: Archaeology in Practice (ARCA10065)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||What do Archaeologists do outside University? 'Archaeology in Practice' aims to increase student understanding and experience of the contemporary practice and issues of Archaeology within the UK and internationally and to introduce students to the range of research resources available to students in Edinburgh and elsewhere.
Managing public archaeology
Making Stonehenge, past and future
Presenting Archaeology to the Public
Archaeologists working in the applied sector
Treasure and Portable Antiquities
Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management in the USA
Visit to the RCAHMS collections
'Archaeology in Practice' aims to develop student understanding and experience of the contemporary practice and issues of Archaeology with the UK and internationally through a range of talks by visiting professionals from outside the University. In addition the course aims to introduce students to the range of research resources available to students in Edinburgh and elsewhere which can be used for their dissertation in fourth year. The course aims to improve and extend subject specific skills and understanding, in particular a wider understanding of the various roles and activities of professional archaeologists and the to develop wider generic skills - in information literacy and analysis. There is also the opportunity (optional) for students to participate in short internships with a local Archaeological company once they have completed the course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Pre-requisites: Archaeology 2A and 2B, or Honours entry to degrees in Classics, or equivalent.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 Archaeology courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 11,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Students will be assessed through a portfolio of work worth 100% of the course mark. The portfolio will include the following elements:
1. Class Test based on the lectures throughout the term. (10%)
2. Comparative Review of two popular archaeology magazine (max 1000 words ) (20%)
3. Longer essay considering a major theme (2500-3000 words) 70% of the overall assessment mark
||Feedback is provided after the first short review (1000 words) scheduled mid-term. Advice is given on the choice and subject matter of the long essay as required. Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate skills in locating a range of sources in libraries, online and in museums and archives.
- demonstrate understanding of the contemporary practices and issues in world archaeology.
- demonstrate knowledge of the range of approaches to heritage management.
- demonstrate awareness of the ethical problems and conflicting principles encountered in archaeological research and in conservation management.
- demonstrate recognition of the role of Archaeology in British society
|Bintliff, J. 2004 A Companion to Archaeology. Oxford: Blackwell. (EUL HUB).|
Cleere, H. 1989 Archaeological Heritage Management in the Modern World. London: Unwin Hyman. (EUL)
Green, E. L. (ed.) 1984 Ethics and value in archaeology. Free Press, NY. (not EUL)
Kerr, J. S. 1996 The Conservation Plan, a guide to the preparation of conservation plans for places of European cultural significance. Sydney, NSW. (ECA library)
Layton, R. (ed.) 1989 Conflict in the Archaeology of Living Traditions. London: Routledge. (EUP)
Morel, V. 1995 'Who owns the past?' Science 268, 1424-26. (EUL but EJ only from 1997)
Hunter, J. and Ralston, I. (eds) 2006 Archaeological Resource Management in the UK, an introduction. Stroud: Alan Sutton. 2 edn. (EUL HUB)
Silberman, N. A. 1989 Between Past and Present. Archaeology, Ideology and Nationalism in the modern Middle East. New York (not EUL)
Tainter, J. A. 2004, 'American Cultural Resource Management', in Bintliff, J. 2004, 435-453.
Tarlow , S. and West, S. 1999 The familiar past? Archaeologies of later historical Britain. London: Routledge 1999.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||At the end of this course the student will be able, through written examination, coursework and class presentation and discussion, to demonstrate his/her:
written skills and oral communication skills
analytical skills of material, written and visual evidence
ability to recognise and focus on important aspects of a wide-ranging subject and to select specific examples
ability to produce a concise review of popular publications
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||There is normally one two-hour lecture per week,
in addition there are also visits to local Archaeological archives, especially the RCAHMS
|Keywords||Archaeology in Practice,Conservation,Public Archaeology
|Course organiser||Dr Robin Bendrey
Tel: (0131 6)50 4562
|Course secretary||Ms Amanda Campbell
Tel: (0131 6)50 2501