Interpreting Archaeological Evidence: Material Culture and Environment

Module code: AR2554

Archaeological fieldwork generally gives archaeologists a lot of ‘things’ that are the result of past human activity. These things might include pottery, stone tools, human bones, animal bones, and metals, and it is important to remember that ‘things’ alone do not tell us anything – it is how we analyse and interpret them once discovered that is important. This module looks at the most commonly recovered archaeological materials, and ways in which we can understand more about the people who produced and used these things.


This module is studied by distance learning. This can include resource-based learning; directed reading; case studies; analysis of supplied data sets; self-assessed exercises; assignment feedback; academic support from tutors; electronic discussion groups; peer-group support and interaction.


  • Essay, 1,500 words (30%)
  • Portfolio, 3,000 words (70%)