Interpreting Sites and Landscapes (ARC1000A)

15 credits

How do archaeologists find and excavate sites? What sort of other methodologies do archaeologists employ to understand the evolution of landscapes and to explore historic settlement patterns and understand ancient economies? These are among the many questions which will be considered in this review of the techniques and methodologies used in modern archaeology, which also considers how heritage is presented to the public. You will outline the key principles and methodologies in the process of interpreting sites and landscapes in Archaeology including locating, recording and interpreting your findings.  Work on surveying will include consideration of geophysics, soil chemistry and fieldwalking while you will also look at site formation and stratigraphy (study of the strata/layers). Your work will culminate in a project on Historic Exeter.