Artefacts and Materials (ARC1040)

15 credits

This module will introduce you to the fascinating subject of material culture, especially as applied in archaeology. While classroom based, teaching is done through a combination of introductory lectures and hands-on activities. Some of the work and the assessment are done as small group exercises. The module will develop your skills in recognising artefacts and materials and an understanding of how archaeologists deal with them. Along with learning about artefacts as objects you will also learn about how they were made, their place in time and how they contribute to our understanding of the past. You do not need any prior experience with these materials and the module is appropriate within interdisciplinary studies. Whilst not mandatory, your studies will be complemented by ARC1050  Artefacts: Contexts and Display.