Undergraduate Course: Archaeology 2B: Archaeology in Action (ARCA08012)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course provides a broad introduction to the approaches, techniques, concepts and real-world applications that archaeologists use to reconstruct the past. Emphasis will be placed on developing an understanding of professional archaeological practice and the use of scientific techniques to further understanding of the human past.
Week 1 Archaeological methods and applications - an introduction
Week 2 Site formation processes
Week 3 Archaeological reconnaissance and survey
Week 4 Landscape archaeology
Week 5 Reconstructing the environment
Week 6 Reconstructing diet
Week 7 Preserving the past
Week 8 Dating techniques and perception of time
Week 9 Artefacts and materials
Week 10 Characterization and provenance studies
Week 11 Experimental archaeology
The core themes, archaeological practice and the application of scientific techniques to address current archaeological research problems and to facilitate the reconstruction of the human past, will be explored through a series of case studies and hands-on practical exercises using a range of archaeological artefacts drawn from the Vere Gordon Childe Teaching Collection. Key topics include: artefact and materials identification, recording and chemical characterisation; methods and approaches to underwater and shipwreck archaeology; molecular and radiometric dating methods; and landscape studies and environmental reconstruction.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should usually have at least 1 introductory level Archaeology or cognate subject course at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 18,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Successful completion of the course requires a portfolio of coursework (40%), comprising a written report of a seminar presentation and practical pieces of assessment, as well as one two-hour examination (60%)
||Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the tutor/Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate the ability to produce a sound, properly referenced and concise piece of work in accordance with the common marking scale;
- demonstrate knowledge of the principle methods and techniques used to reconstruct the human past;
- demonstrate critical understanding of the application of archaeological techniques to key research issues in Old World archaeology;
- demonstrate competence in the basic skills required in archaeological practice;
- demonstrate a familiarity with legislation, publication, education and public engagement in archaeology.
|Balme, J. & Paterson, A., 2006. Archaeology in Practice: Archaeology in practice: a student guide to archaeological analyses. Malden, Blackwell. |
Brothwell, D.R. & Pollard, A.M., 2004. Handbook of archaeological sciences. Chichester, J. Wiley.
Brown, T.A., 2011. Biomolecular archaeology: an introduction. Chichester, Wiley-Blackwell.
Carver, M.O.H., 2009. Archaeological Investigation. London, Routledge.
Henderson, J., 2000. Science and Archaeology of Materials. London, Routledge.
Hunter, J. & Ralston, I., (eds) 2006 Archaeological Resource Management in the UK (2nd Ed.). Stroud, Sutton Publishing.
Johnson, M., 2007. Ideas of Landscape. Oxford, Blackwell.
Jones, A., 2002. Archaeological theory and scientific practice. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
Lyman, R.L., 2008. Quantitative Paleozoology. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
Maschner, H.D.G. & Chippindale, C., 2005 Handbook of Archaeological Methods. Lanham MD, Altamira Press.
Reitz, E.J. & Wing, E.S., 1999. Zooarchaeology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Renfrew, C. and Bahn, P., 2008. Archaeology, Theories, Methods and Practice. London, Thames & Hudson.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Arch 2B in Action
|Course organiser||Dr Xavier Rubio-Campillo
Tel: (0131 6)50 3592
|Course secretary||Miss Katherine Perry