Archaeology: The Essentials
Module code: AR1007
Module co-ordinator: Dr Mark Gillings
- What is an archaeologist?
- Where does the discipline of Archaeology come from and how is it organised?
- What techniques do we use to identify traces of past social life?
- How do we recover those traces through survey and excavation?
- How do we date and make sense of the material we recover?
This module will provide you with a wide-ranging overview of the history, structure and organisation of the discipline of Archaeology, the types of material we study and the varied techniques and approaches we employ to shed light upon the past.
Through a series of lectures we will explore topics as diverse as the place of the past in the present, tomb-robbing, the rise of antiquarianism, geophysical survey, archaeological excavation and the reconstruction of the environment. By exploring the history, context and methodology of Archaeology as it is currently practiced this course provides an essential background to the discipline.
The birth of a discipline
What do archaeologists actually do?
Finding archaeological sites on the ground and from the air
Looking beneath the soil
Digging deeper: excavation in theory
Digging deeper: excavation in practice
The dating game: chronological frameworks and dating techniques
Looking at standing buildings
Studying past environments
Bringing it all together: Archaeology in action
- 10 one-hour lectures
- weekly on-line exercises (20%)
- exam, two hours (80%)