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Undergraduate Course: Archaeology of Architecture (ARCA10082)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryBuildings archaeology, the discipline analysing 3D-structures with archaeological and architectural methods has become an increasingly important requirement in developer-funded archaeological works. Academically, architectural analysis has been the domain of Classical Archaeology; applying it to prehistoric architectures has demonstrated its wider research potential.
Course description The course introduces Buildings Archaeology, its methods and theory as well as academic and commercial applications. Lectures, seminars, and practicals will equip students with knowledge, skills and techniques necessary to study, interpret and reconstruct buildings from archaeological evidence. The syllabus seeks a balance between practical skills (drawing, photographic recording, digitising, buildings analysis, report writing, etc.) and academic theory to prepare students for academic as well as commercial careers. Studio presentations and discussions will reaffirm the experience from workshops and fieldwork and consolidate knowledge on how collected data feeds into research. Bringing in professional experts allows knowledge exchange and skill transfer to be informed by industry needs. --- The students will also gain industry insight into the work of a commercial company. --- The intended learning outcomes are designed to foster the students' initiative and increase their employability and research capacities by equipping them with specialist skills and knowledge not offered at most other HEIs.

The course will concentrate on prehistoric (Scottish, British and European) and Classical case studies, complemented by medieval, post-medieval and industrial examples to reflect all aspects of the academic and commercial jobs profile.

This course will also include optional, but strongly recommended, fieldwork participation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Space, Place and Time: the archaeology of built environments (PGHC11412)
Other requirements Archaeology 2A and 2B; or Classical Archaeology 2B; or BA/Honours entry to degrees in ESALA; or at the discretion of the course organiser.
Additional Costs Bus fare, stationary, permatrace, and drawing board for optional fieldwork element - typically £12.50 per student.
Recommended for fieldwork trips: warm and water-proof clothing, sturdy boots / sensible outdoor footwear, ideally need to own digital camera or digital camera phone.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting 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.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  18
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 6, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 2, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 6, External Visit Hours 2, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 170 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Essay: 60% (2000 words)
Roundhouse model reconstruction: 40%

Students will physically built a scaled model, photograph it digitally, and prepare a Design Statement on one page of A4 that explains their choices for spatial layout, materials and construction type. A physical model will have to be submitted in class, but only the digital records (photographs and design statement) will be assessed. The model will be returned to students later in the semester.
Feedback 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
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a command of the body of knowledge of theory and methodology of Buildings Archaeology and its application in academia and commercial practice;
  2. read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship and key case studies;
  3. understand, evaluate and utilise the primary archaeological evidence of buildings and a variety of other primary source material;
  4. develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
  5. demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
Academic monographs:
1) Adam J-P 1999 Roman Building: Materials and Techniques, London and New York.
2) Audouze F, Büchsenschütz O 1992 Towns, villages and countryside of Celtic Europe. London: Batsford. In UoE main library.
3) Drury PJ (ed) 1982 Structural Reconstruction. Oxford: BAR 110.
4) Gerritsen F 2003 Local Identities. Landscape and Community in the Late Prehistoric Meuse-Demer-Scheldt Region. Amsterdam Archaeological Studies 9. Amsterdam: AUP. In UoE main library
5) Hofmann D, Smyth J (eds) 2013 Tracking the Neolithic House in Europe. London: Springer. In UoE main library: online resource.
6) Lancaster LC 2005 Concrete Vaulted Construction in Imperial Rome: Innovations in Context, Cambridge.
7) Parker Pearson M, Richards C 1994 (Hardback) /1997 (Paperback) Architecture & Order. Approaches to Social Space. London/New York: Routledge. In UoE main library
8) Romankiewicz T 2011 The complex roundhouses of the Scottish Iron Age. BAR Brit Ser 550 (i) and (ii), Oxford: Archaeopress. In UoE main library.
Practical guides:
9) Burra Charter and ICOMOS 1990/1996 Guide to Recording Historic Buildings.
10) English Heritage 2006 Understanding Historic Buildings. A guide to good recording practice. Part 1-3. Free online resource.
11) Historic Scotland various Research Reports and Technical Advice Notes (TAN) - 1 (revised 2005), 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 15, 19, 21, 23, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31. Range of publications on use of historic materials and their recording and conservation methods.
12) Swallow P, Dallas R, Jackson S, Watt D 2004 Measurement and Recording of Historic Buildings. 2nd ed. Shaftesbury: Donhead.

Please refer to the Resource List for this course for reading material on fieldwork and further items:
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Tanja Romankiewicz
Course secretaryMr Pete Bingham
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