ARA8292 : Graduate Seminar in Lithics Analysis
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Chantal Conneller
- Other Staff: Miss Isabella Caricola
- Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
This course aims to give students an in-depth knowledge of lithic analysis and equip them with the necessary skills to undertake professional lithic analysis. The module places particular emphasis on learning how to ‘read’ assemblages, in terms of the human activities that generated them, as well as taphonomic issues that may affect their composition. The course also aims to enable students to recognised the techniques used to generate individual artefacts and an assemblage, as well as basic sourcing techniques. Students will also learn how to recognise diagnostic tool types and technologies from each period.
Outline Of Syllabus
Week 1. Introduction to terminology and frameworks of analysis
Week 2. Technology 1: Flake cores and prepared cores. Experimental production
Week 3. Technology 2: Blade technologies. Refitting.
Week 4. Techniques of tool production. Lithic illustration.
Week 5. Reading assemblages. Introduction to assessment.
Week 6. Lower and Middle Palaeolithic
Week 7. Upper Palaeolithic
Week 8. Mesolithic and Early Neolithic
Week 9. Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age
Week 10. The Bronze Age and beyond
Week 11. Project support
Week 12. Project support
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||1||3:00||3:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||65||1:00||65:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||65||1:00||65:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||9||3:00||27:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||2||3:00||6:00||Supported project preparation|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||34||1:00||34:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Apart from an introductory lecture which introduces conceptual frameworks, teaching on this course is entirely practically focused. This is to give students the in-depth experience of handling lithic material which is needed to gain expertise in this field. Teaching by showing is also the best method to permit them to recognise the technological and morphological traits needed to categorise lithic material and assign it to its correct chronological period.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Research paper||1||M||100||4000 words|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Both formative and summative assessments are based on the practical analysis and reporting of lithic material. The formative assessment is designed to replicate a real-world commercial lithic report, based on the analysis of a small assemblage. The summative assessment is also based analysis of lithic material, either an assemblage or class of artefacts, but is intended to be more in-depth and research-based, relating the material to the broader context of the material and related literature.