This course will showcase examples of how analytical techniques have been used to investigate archaeological questions. The course uses overviews of widely applied analytical techniques (such as petrography, elemental analysis, archaeobotany, spatial analysis, and conservation) to discuss the development of analytical projects (research proposal, literature review, methodology, sampling, analytical results, presentation and critique). The course provides a broad overview of issues, with open discussion of case studies, and practical sessions introducing students to some basic techniques. This course discusses the strengths and weaknesses of applying scientific methods to archaeological problems, providing support for students wishing to develop their own analytical projects for their 3rd year dissertations.
This course is compulsory for Year 2 students enrolled for the BSc in Archaeology.