Undergraduate Course: Archaeology 2B: Archaeology in Action (ARCA08012)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|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.
The following themes will be included within twice-weekly lectures. The exact themes/order of occurrence may be subject to change depending on the academic year.
Week 1 Archaeological methods and applications - an introduction/Artefact studies
Week 2 Artefact materials' characterization and provenance studies
Week 3 Materiality and Identity
Week 4 Dating techniques/interpretations,and perception of time
Week 5 Environmental and climatic reconstruction
Week 6 Urban and buildings' archaeology
Week 7 Archaeological reconnaissance/remote sensing and survey
Week 8 Data analysis in archaeology
Week 9 Landscape archaeology
Week 10 DNA/forensic archaeology
Week 11 Dietary reconstruction
In addition, there are a series of 8 practical sessions ranging in theme from the recording of artefacts, ceramics, digital drawing, data analysis, to surveying,
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; molecular and radiometric dating methods; and landscape studies and environmental archaeology.
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 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 22,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
750 word Practical Report 1 - Artefact Form and discussion (15%)
Practical Report 2 - producing plan in illustrator (15%)
Practical Report 3 - GPS and Survey producing labelled image (15%)
1500 word Practical Report 4 - Health, Safety and Ethics on site (15%)
Two hour exam (40%)
||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|
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.
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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 Joanne Rowland
Tel: (0131 6)51 1925
|Course secretary||Miss Marketa Vejskalova