Sites and Artefacts
This first-year Core Course runs in Term 1.
The course starts with a 4 day experimental archaeology field course focusing on ancient technology and subsistence methods and the problem of interpreting archaeological remains. The lectures and seminars identify a range of spatial and temporal scales within which archaeological analysis is undertaken (topics to include activity areas, site types, landscapes, culture areas, site formation, stratigraphy, seriation, absolute dating and experimental archaeology).
It will also introduce archaeological approaches to artefact studies (materials analysis, technology, material culture and identity, including specific materials such as lithics, pottery, metal and cloth). This course aims to introduce basic scientific approaches to materials analysis, spatial analysis and dating.
This course is only available to those enrolled for undergraduate degrees at the Institute of Archaeology.