Artefacts in Archaeology
University of Reading
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
OverviewModule Provider: ArchaeologyNumber of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]Level:5Terms in which taught: Autumn term modulePre-requisites:Non-modular pre-requisites:Co-requisites:Modules excluded:Module version for: 2016/7Module Convenor: Prof Grenville AstillEmail: email@example.comSummary module description:Aims:The module aims to provide students with a variety of archaeological skills which involve the presentation and analysis of data resulting from archaeological excavation, concentrating on the study of artefacts. Overall it is designed to help to prepare students for the analysis of data in their dissertations.Assessable learning outcomes:By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able:to identify and make informed observations about a variety of artefactual datato prepare basic archaeological drawings of artefactsto produce brief reports on assemblage compositions and their archaeological implicationsAdditional outcomes:The module will also give students broad experience in problem-solving through exercises in drawing, analysing and interpreting artefactual material. Team-working skills will be developed through practical classes, and experience will be obtained in writing laboratory reports. Numeracy will be enhanced through data gathering, measurement, and statistical analysis in the artefactual practicals, and through exercises in measurement, scale, and geometry provided by the illustration classes. Skills in visual analysis will also be developed.Outline content:The module exposes students to a wide variety of material relating to the processing of archaeological material. Students choose two out of a number of artefact practical options with a gap after each block for completing their assessments. Artefacts may include ceramics, lithics, and small finds and metallurgy although the options in any year will depend on staff availability and may change from year to year. Students can also choose a practical option on archaeological illustration, covering tools and techniques, and the drawing of artefacts.Both elements will involve the practice of core techniques of observation, description, recording, measurement, analysis and interpretation of primary archaeological data.Brief description of teaching and learning methods:A mixture of lectures and practical sessions - students select two options from a range that normally includes: Lithics, Neolithic and Bronze Age axes, pottery, archaeological drawing and small finds. All sessions are very practical and require students to analyse and present primary data.This is a 10 credit module, which means that it is intended to occupy you for 100 hours of work: practical classes, background reading, and preparing and writing your option reports. With that in mind the kind of workload you should expect might be as follows:- 25 hours: Formal teaching sessions (practicals)- 25 hours: Background reading- 50 hours: Reading for, preparing, and writing/illustrating your reportsContat HoursAutumnLectures 4Practicals classes and workshops 24External Visits 2Guided independent study 70Total hours by term 100.00Total hours for module 100.00Summative Assessment Methods:Method- PercentageReport 100Requirements for a pass:A mark of 40% overall
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