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ARA1027 : Introduction to Archaeology

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s):
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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):

Archaeological principles and methods
1. What is Archaeology?
2. Survey Week 1
3. Survey Week 2
4. Digging Week 1
5. Digging Week 2
6. Relative Dating
7. Absolute Dating
8. Small Finds and Technologies

Archaeology in history and politics
9. The Origins of Archaeology 1
10. The Origins of Archaeology 2
11. The Past and the Public

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials111:0011:00Online lecture materials. Counts as contact hours.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:001 lecture p/w
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion641:0064:00Assessment preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:001 seminar p/w
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1031:00103:00Independent learning
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

- Knowledge outcomes will be taught through lectures and seminars in class and developed through private study, they will be assessed.
- Library and research skills will be taught 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
Essay1M201500 word essay FIRST DRAFT
Essay1A601500 word essay FINAL DRAFT
Portfolio1A20Portfolio of activities selected from weekly Discussion Boards and Quizzes on Canvas
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MParticipation in VLE discussion forums, tests and seminar presentations
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The draft essay is set with an early deadline, to provide students with enough time to process their feedback and use it to construct essay 2.

The portfolio is designed to encourage student learning throughout the breadth of the module, and will be based upon a selection of weekly discussion board and quiz-related activities.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. Where an exam is present, an alternative form of assessment will be set and where coursework is present, an alternative deadline will be set. Details of the alternative assessment will be provided by the module leader.

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