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AY3021: ADVANCED ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE (2020-2021)

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Course Overview

Scientific methods are integral to the modern field of archaeology and are drawn from across the spectrum of the natural, chemical, biological, physical and computational sciences. Divided into three 'mini-modules', this course focuses on advanced themes and approaches in archaeological science. Topics offered will vary year-on-year and may include topics such as GIS, quantitative archaeology, materials analyses, biomolecular archaeology, zooarchaeology, human osteoarchaeology and environmental archaeology.  Selected topics will be explored through lectures, seminars and practical/workshop sessions, providing an overview of each research area, its relevance to archaeology, scope, potential and limitations.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr K. Britton

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Building on Level 2 course 'Test Tubes & Trowels', this course aims to provide students with an advanced understanding of core scientific approaches and methodologies utilised in modern archaeology. The course consists of three intensive short-courses on a selection of current archaeological science topics, spanning the natural, chemical, biological, physical and computational sciences. Topics offered will vary year-on-year and may include topics such as GIS, quantitative archaeology, materials analyses, biomolecular archaeology, zooarchaeology, human osteoarchaeology and environmental archaeology. Through lectures/seminars and practical/workshop sessions students will gain an overview of each subject-specialism, its relevance to archaeology, scope, potentials and limitations. Case studies will allow students to access key themes in the archaeological sciences, including the role of scientific methodologies in archaeological research, and how multi-disciplinary scientific approaches can shape our understanding of past lives and societies.

During this course, students will have the opportunity to:

  • Acquire an enhanced understanding of the role the traditional 'sciences' have in archaeology, and a greater appreciation of the development of the field of archaeological science
  • Gain a broad knowledge of each of the scientific specialisms studied, and their relevance and applications to archaeological case studies
  • Gain a critical awareness of the potentials and limitations of selected archaeological science specialisms
  • Become adept at analysing and evaluating scientific data in archaeological research, and exploring and evaluating scientific archaeological literature

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 6 - 16
  • 1 Practical during University weeks 9, 12, 16

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Summative Assessments

In-class practicals and write-up

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 60
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Detailed written feed-back will be provided for assignments, in the form of feedback sheets with clear marking rubrics and an annotated copy of the student's work. Verbal feedback will be also be provided during practical sessions.

Learning Outcomes
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Class Test

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Open-book test

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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Resubmission of failed elements

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