Environmental Archaeology

Module code: AR2008

Module co-ordinator: Dr Richard Thomas

  • What did the environment within and around sites look like?
  • What impact did people have on their environment?
  • How can we chart climate change?
  • What did people eat in the past and why?
  • How did people acquire food in the past?

In this module we will consider categories of environmental data and their analysis and interpretation. We will also look at how environmental archaeology can be used to address core archaeological themes within an integrated approach.

Topics covered

  • History and principles of environmental archaeology
  • Pollen
  • Insects
  • Land snails
  • Modelling landscapes
  • Stable isotopes
  • Plant remains
  • Animal bones
  • Starch
  • Ancient DNA


  • 16 hours of lectures
  • 4 one-hour practicals


  • Mini-workbook, 2,500 words (50%)
  • Essay, 2,500 words (50%)