Using Archaeological Evidence

Module code: AR1008

This module builds on your developing familiarity with archaeological evidence, and goes one step further. It introduces you to how archaeologists use this evidence in interpretation, especially how data are reported and presented. The module explores the vast array of different types of material available to us, how to access and interpret it. Together we will explore databases in a variety of different contexts, and critically assess the use to which this information has been put in archaeological reports and scholarship.

Topics Covered

  • Finding archaeological data
  • Use of bibliographic databases
  • Burial data
  • Satellite survey and the view from space
  • Analysing ceramic evidence

Teaching and Learning Methods

  • 11 hours of lectures
  • 10 hours of seminars
  • 1 hour tutorial
  • 128 hours of guided independent study

Assessment Methods

  • Seminar chairing and critical reflection, 1,000 words (40%)
  • Critique of published excavation report, 2,500 words (60%)