Institute of Archaeology


Archaeological Soil Micromorphology 2018

05 November 2018–10 November 2018, 9:00 am–5:00 pm

Archaeological Soil Micromorphology course (2017)

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Room 412, UCL Institute of Archaeology

The annual intensive short course on Archaeological Soil Micromorphology, taught by Richard MacPhail, will take place at the UCL Institute of Archaeology from 5-10 November.

The course consists of intensive training days which will take place from Monday-Thursday, comprising lectures and petrological study of thin sections - soil micromorphology - based on the following themes:

  • Soil micromorphology and reporting (including use of soil microfabric types (SMTs), counting and production of microfacies types (MFTs)
  • Basic soil types; differences between soils, sediments and archaeological deposits; effects of burial and site inundation
  • Hunter-gatherer sediments and caves
  • Clearance and low impact (e.g., herding) activities
  • Cultivation (low intensity)
  • Introduction to 'Settlement Morphology' Model
  • Settlement - structures and occupation surfaces; trackways, ditches.
  • Settlement - animal management and manuring
  • 'Classical' deposits and Dark Earth
  • Medieval structures, use of space and industrial traces

Training will be followed by two practice days/workshops.

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