Archaelogy of Things

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Archaelogy of Things

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.75 - 4.5
  • Overview

    Archaeology is the discipline of things. This module explores how archaeologists think about material culture and things, and how they reconstruct how people made, used and discarded objects in the past, both in Ireland and beyond. It provides students, through lectures, laboratory workshops and a museum fieldtrip. with an understanding of the how archaeologists work with things. Lectures are complemented by practical handling sessions and the inspection of objects in museums. We will explore such topics as object classification, typologies, description and recording, archaeological material scientific studies, digital and 3D analyses and experimental archaeology. We will explore general principles of artefact studies, before reviewing the key artefact assemblages from prehistoric, medieval and medieval Ireland and also beyond. Students will complete a practical archaeological exercise which combines museum, laboratory and desk-based research.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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