ARA1026 : Introduction to Archaeological Science
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Andrea Dolfini
- Demonstrator: Dr Chloe Duckworth
- Lecturer: Professor T. Martin Embley, Dr Alasdair Charles, Dr Lisa-Marie Shillito
- Teaching Assistant: Mr Don O'Meara, Dr Myra Giesen, Prof. Monica Haysom
- Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
Archaeological Science is the application of scientific methods to the study of the human past. In the last few decades, a wide range of scientific techniques have been employed by archaeologists to address an array of questions concerning past societies, including chronology, climate, the environment, mortality, diet, technology, mobility, and the exchange of goods. This module will introduce some of the problems that archaeologists can address using scientific methods of enquiry. It will also show how science can be employed to enhance our understanding of the past. Case studies ranging from prehistory to historical times, hands-on laboratory sessions and group seminars will help students familiarise with this fascinating, ever-growing sub-discipline of archaeology. Given its introductory nature, the module does not require students to have a background in science.
The aims of the module are:
• To introduce the principal scientific methods used today in archaeology
• To enable students to place archaeological science within the wider field of archaeology
• To foster an understanding of science as an essential tool for addressing social problems in archaeology
• To encourage students to develop an area of interest in specific aspects of archaeological science
Outline Of Syllabus
Lecture topics may include:
- Chronology and dating techniques
- Environmental archaeology and the landscape
- Geoarchaeology and sedimentology
- Diet and nutrition
- Mobility and exchange
- Ancient technologies and materials
- Statistics in archaeology
- DNA Research in Archaeology
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||73||1:00||73:00||45% of guided independent studies|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||21||1:00||21:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||73||1:00||73:00||45% of guided independent studies|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||15||1:00||15:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||2||1:00||2:00||Assignment preparation tutorial|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||16||1:00||16:00||10% of guided independent studies|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures provide an introduction to the archaeological questions and techniques discussed through the module.
Seminars provide students with an opportunity to discuss subjects in more depth and test their understanding of topics introduced in the class.
Laboratory practicals provide hands-on approaches to methods and their archaeological applications.
Tutorials and recaps provide support for assignment and exam preparation.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||90||2||A||50||Multiple-choice quiz and open-answer test|
|Essay||2||M||50||Article review (1,500-2,000 words)|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The written exam evaluates students’ knowledge of the topics introduced in the module
The written assignment evaluates the ability to understand a scientific article and to discuss it by using scientific language
Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.
All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will take the form of an alternative assessment, as outlined in the formats below:
Modules assessed by Coursework and Exam:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be one essay in addition to the other coursework assessment (the length of the essay should be adjusted in order to comply with the assessment tariff); to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.
Modules assessed by Exam only:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 2,000 word written exercises; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.
Modules assessed by Coursework only:
All semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be expected to complete the standard assessment for the module; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.