ARA1027 : Introduction to Archaeology

  • Module Leader(s): Dr James Gerrard
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The aims of this module are to provide students with an introduction to:

• the history of archaeological thought and its development into current theoretical approaches;
• methods and techniques used by archaeologists to investigate artefacts, sites and landscapes;
• ways in which archaeologists and anthropologists identify features of social and cultural life;
• the role of ethics and conservation in archaeology.

Outline Of Syllabus

Outline of syllabus (To inform module choice of current students):
Although the main themes and learning outcomes remain the same, specific classes change from year to year according to which lecturers are delivering them.
The module will consist of two lectures and a seminar each week for twelve weeks, and will be divided into three parts:

•       Part 1: the development of archaeological thought and practice from antiquarianism to the present day. Trends in European thought; origins of archaeology; antiquarianism; the recognition of prehistory; culture history, New Archaeology and postprocessual archaeology.
•       Part 2: fieldwork (maps, survey and aerial photography); investigating sites by excavation; dating methods; interpreting material culture.
•       Part 3: archaeological and anthropological analogies; ethnography and ethnoarchaeology; themes in social and cultural life -- economy, cosmology, death and burial; heritage and ethics.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion671:0067:0045% of guided independent studies
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading671:0067:0045% of guided independent studies
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Research Skills Seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork26:0012:00Field Trips to Rising Sun Country Park
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study161:0016:0010% of guided independent studies
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge outcomes will be taught through lectures and seminars in class and developed through private study, they will be assessed by essay and by examination
Library and research skills will be taught in seminar sessions and assessed through written work
Key skills will be developed in particular in seminars

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M40Information Gathering Exercise: collection of evaluated information sources on a specific topic, (1500 word)
Essay1M502000 word essay
Written exercise1M10Bibliography exercise
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1M‘What will I get out of my degree?’ 400 words, formatted according to the course guidelines
Written exercise1MParticipation in Blackboard discussion forums, tests and seminar presentations
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Information Gathering Exercise will encourage the practice of finding, evaluating and referencing information in the library.

The student must also complete a specimen abstract and bibliography (minimum 10 items, including books, papers/chapters, and URLs).

ERASMUS students at Newcastle have the option of writing one 3,000 word essay to be handed in by 12.00 p.m. of the Friday of the first week of the assessment period. This will replace all assessment work required of domestic students. If they wish to take up this option, they need to discuss it with the module leader. It remains the case that, if an ERASMUS student wishes to do the same assessment as the domestic students, that option remains open to them. No variation of the deadlines will be allowed except on production of medical or equivalent evidence.

Study Abroad students (i.e. non-EU exchange students) are required to complete the normal assessment under all circumstances.

Reading Lists

Timetable

Disclaimer: The University will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver modules in accordance with the descriptions set out in this catalogue. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, however, the University reserves the right to introduce changes to the information given including the addition, withdrawal or restructuring of modules if it considers such action to be necessary.