- MA in Archaeology
- MA in Archaeology and Heritage of Asia
- MA in Archaeology of the Middle East
- MA in Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East
- MA in Artefact Studies
- MA in Comparative Art and Archaeology
- MA in Cultural Heritage Studies
- MA in Egyptian Archaeology
- MA in Managing Archaeological Sites
- MA in Mediterranean Archaeology
- MA in Museum Studies
- MA in Principles of Conservation
- MA in Public Archaeology
- MA in Research Methods for Archaeology
- MA in Urban Archaeology
- MSc in Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology
- MSc in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums
- MSc in Environmental Archaeology
- MSc in GIS and Spatial Analysis in Archaeology
- MSc in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology
- MSc in the Technology and Analysis of Archaeological Materials
Miss Lisa Daniel
UCL Institute of Archaeology
31-34 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PY
+44 (0)20 7679 749
Geoarchaeology: Methods and Concepts
This course will cover general concepts in geoarchaeology, the geology and geomorphology of archaeological sites in different environmental settings.
Sedimentary environments of archaeological sites (including alluvial systems, desert environments, coastal regions, glacial regions, caves and rock-shelters), site formation processes, laboratory and field procedures will all be investigated.
Aims of the course
This course is an introduction to the reconstruction of past landscapes, the use of sediment analysis in paleoenvironmental reconstruction, and the study of sediments in archaeological contexts. The aim is to provide a basic understanding of the role of earth sciences in answering archaeological questions, and the ability to critically appraise geoarchaeological reports and papers.
On successful completion of this course a student should:
- understand basic techniques of sediment-recording, grain size analyses, and
- sedimentological methods for determining past depositional environments associated with archaeological sites, theory and methods of site formation processes, and be familiar with basic analyses of sediment artefacts such as mudbricks and microartefacts.
On successful completion of the course students should be able to demonstrate improved skills of observation and critical reflection on academic topics.
The course is taught through lectures, seminars and practicals.
- Code: ARCLG104
- Credits: 15
- Coordinator: Manuel Arroyo-Kalin
- Prerequisite: This course does not have a prerequisite.
- Handbook: open»
For registered students
- Running in 2014-15