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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.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
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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:
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
1st Attempt: In-class practicals and write-ups (60%), 'open book' in-class assessment (40%).
Resit: Re-submission of coursework.
There are no assessments for this course.
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.