Institute of Archaeology


Sites and Artefacts

This module starts with a 4 day experimental archaeology field course focusing on ancient technology and subsistence methods and the problem of interpreting archaeological remains.

This first-year core module runs in Term 1. Following the 4 day experimental archaeology field course, 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).

The module 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) and aims to introduce basic scientific approaches to materials analysis, spatial analysis and dating. 

This module is only available to those enrolled for undergraduate degrees at the Institute of Archaeology.

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  • Runs every year