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This course is portioned into three intensive short-courses, each focusing on one core biological approach used in archaeology. Topics offered will vary year to year, but may include isotope analysis; ancient DNA analysis; the study of animal and human remains; plant remains; and invertebrate, etc. Selected topics will be explored through lectures, 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)|
This course aims to provide students with an understanding of core biological approaches used in modern archaeology to better understand and reconstruct past lifeways. The course consists of three intensive short-courses on a selection of key bioarchaeological research areas. Topics offered will vary year-on-year, reflecting in-house research specialisms, but may include isotope analysis, DNA, animal and human remains, plant remains, invertebrates, and geometric morphometrics. Through pre-recorded podcast style lectures, and practical/workshop sessions* students will gain an overview of each method, its relevance to archaeology, scope, potentials and limitations. Case studies will allow students to access key themes in bioarchaeological research, including human-environment interactions; subsistence, diet and health; and human and animal migrations, colonisations, and diasporas.
During this course, students will have the opportunity to:
*As this course is offered via both distance learning and on-campus study, the majority of practicals are computer-based and can be successfully completed off-campus.. Where practical sessions must take place on campus, distance-learning (Flexible Archaeology) students can choose to attend practical workshops (2-3 per semester) or will be assigned alternative computer-based data analysis practical exercises
This course may NOT be included in a graduating curriculum with AY4014
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (50%); exam (50%) Resit: Grade from continuous assessment carried forward (50%); resit exam (50%)
There are no assessments for this course.
Detailed written feed-back will be provided for coursework assignment, in the form of feedback sheets with clear marking rubrics and an annotated copy of the student's work.