MA in Artefact Studies


Co-ordinator: Ulrike Sommer

This Masters degree programme critically discusses the changing role of 'finds specialists' and provides training in the study and interpretation of artefacts from archaeological sites and museum collections. The course will be largely taught using the staff, equipment and collections at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, but good use will also be made of the expertise and collections of a number of other museums and professional archaeological units.

Students will be introduced to the skills of finds specialists, practical issues involved in the professional study of artefacts and major theoretical debates about the collection, interpretation, reporting and curation of archaeological materials. A central concern wil be the integration of finds analysis within wider archaeological research questions.

In the third term students will undertake a placement within a museum or an archaeological unit where experience will be gained in the practice of finds analysis and body of material studied for the dissertation. By the end of the course students should have an appreciation of the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches to artefact studies and will be able to undertake the analysis and reporting of an artefact assemblage of specific materials.

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