ARA2004 : Animals, Plants and People: an Introduction to Environmental Archaeology
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Lisa-Marie Shillito
- Lecturer: Dr Ashley Coutu, Dr Eric Tourigny, Dr Stephanie Piper
- Teaching Assistant: Dr Francesco Carrer
- Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
To introduce key concepts in environmental archaeology
To introduce students to practical skills in microscopy
To introduce students to the use of multi-proxy approaches in the reconstruction of past landscapes and lifeways
Outline Of Syllabus
The natural environment provides the backdrop to human activity, and understanding the relationship between people and their environment is fundamental to understanding the development of societies. How did people interact with the environment and use natural resources? What influence did the environment have on cultural and economic development? This module introduces key themes in environmental archaeology including the origins of domestication and agriculture, the developments and impacts of pyrotechnology, and the links between environmental change and human development. It provides an introduction to the major methods of environmental archaeology, including the analysis of microfossils, plant remains and animals bones. We will examine and critique ideas such as environmental determinism, and look at the relationship between archaeology and geography. Case studies are drawn from current research and span a wide range of geographic and temporal scales, from early prehistory to the post-medieval periods.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||65||1:00||65:00||40% of guided independent studies|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||8||1:00||8:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||65||1:00||65:00||40% of guided independent studies|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||12||2:00||24:00||To include student led group activity|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||4||1:00||4:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||34||1:00||34:00||20% of guided independent studies|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The lectures provide the background information and overviews of the subject material. The practical classes provide training the application of the methods and how they are used in archaeology. The student-led activities provide group working and presentation skills, and the opportunity for in-depth discussion on ‘controversies’, making students think critically about environmental evidence and how it is used.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Report||1||M||40||Technical report 1500 words|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
An essay will test written communication skills and the ability to relate their knowledge to key themes in environmental archaeology. It will develop key research skills, and skills in reading and writing.
The practical report will test skills in writing in a technical style, and the ability to recognise and interpret key environmental proxies studied in the course.
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.