Analysing Archaeological Evidence (ARC1000B)

StaffDr Hajnalka Herold - Lecturer
Dr Robert Morkot - Lecturer
Professor Linda Hurcombe - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.50
NQF Level4
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The module aims to outline the principles and methods of archaeological analyses, including aspects of dating, environmental and materials analyses, as well as theoretical perspectives and aspects of professional practice.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the key techniques used in post-excavation analysis and their applications within archaeological research.
  • 2. Appreciate the different professional roles archaeologists fulfil.
  • 3. Identify the key elements of differing schools of thought within the discipline.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Relate different analytical methods to how we have interpreted the past.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. Understand information presented in a range of written, numerical and graphical forms.

Syllabus plan

  • Dating I: historical and typological

  • Dating II: dendrochronology and radiocarbon

  • Dating III: other scientific methods

  • Professional Archaeology/Careers

  • Bioarchaeology I: plant evidence

  • Bioarchaeology II: animal evidence, food residues, dietary anlysis

  • Bioarchaeology III: human remains

  • Analysis of Archaeological Materials

  • Spatial and numerical analysis

  • Approaches to Interpretation; differing theoretical perspectives

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities22Lectures (11x2hrs)
Scheduled learning and teaching activities1Tutorial
Scheduled learning and teaching2Fieldwork/Fieldschool briefing
Guided independent study125Guided independent study, including reading, research and preparation for classes and assignments

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
In class taskVerbal

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Exam1001.5 hours1,2,3,4,5mark and written feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
ExamExam1-5Referral/deferral period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Indicative basic reading list: Renfrew, C. and Bahn, P. 2008 Archaeology: theories, methods and practice 5th Edition. London: Thames and Hudson. Aitken M.J. 1990 Science-Based Dating in Archaeology. London: Longman. Brothwell, D.R. and Pollard, A.M. (eds) 2001 Handbook of Archaeological Sciences. Chichester: Wiley. Shennan, S. 1988 Quantifying Archaeology. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press. Wilkinson, K. and Stevens, C. 2003: Environmental Archaeology. Stroud: Tempus.

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Archaeology. Dating, Evidence