Archaeology, archaeometry and experimental archaeology of pottery: an introduction (ARC2133)

15 credits

This module is designed as a practical introduction to archaeology, archaeometry and experimental archaeology of pottery. Ceramic artefacts constitute an important part of archaeological assemblages from the Neolithic to the modern period. It is therefore critical to develop an understanding of their production and use as well as potential avenues of their study. This module offers both classroom-based teaching and an intensive practical experience. The basic abilities acquired in the module are applicable to research, academic teaching and public outreach.

No special prior knowledge or experience is necessary to succeed in this module but an interest in practical skills is strongly recommended. Summary knowledge gained in the Year 1 introductory modules is also useful. The level of expertise gained in this module will depend both on the interest and motivation of the student. Skills gained in this module will enable students to extend their interest to dissertation research through the analysis of archaeological collections and/or experimental work. This module may contribute to materials research and material culture studies.