Institute of Archaeology
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This course explores the development of archaeological resource management and its contemporary significance using comparative Asian perspectives. Western paradigms dominated conservation ethics and attitudes towards reconstruction and authenticity, but these have been strongly challenged in the last two decades by Asian approaches to these issues. Concepts of authenticity and value have been reformed, the use of traditional materials rethought, and the role of 'living communities' reconsidered. The course will explore these issues across Asia, specifically examining developing approaches to issues such as historic towns, World Heritage nomination, sustainable tourism, earthen architecture, maritime archaeological resources, public engagement and interpretation, and the role of international agencies.

Aims of the course

  1. To explore the development of archaeological resource management and its contemporary significance, using comparative Asian perspectives.
  2. To provide participants with training in research methods and practices relevant to the documentation, analysis and contemporary use of archaeological resources i the region.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student should:

  1. Have a sound grasp of the range of approaches to archaeological resource management.
  2. Appreciate the importance of critical approaches to the contemporary role of archaeology in Asian societies.

By the end of the course students should be able to demonstrate:

  1. Understanding and critical awareness of a range of issues across Asian archaeological resource management
  2. Written and oral skills in analysis and presentation
  3. Appreciation of, and ability to apply, methods and theories of archaeological resource management.

Teaching Methods

The course consists of 10 x 2-hour sessions. The course is taught by a mixture of lectures by the instructor(s) and seminar discussions, with presentations by students. Seminar presentations and power-points by students are required in one week and constitute one of the assessments.


For registered students

  • Moodle page: open»
  • Reading list: open»

Availability: Running in 2014-15


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