How Archaelogists Think

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    How Archaelogists Think

  • 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

    The ways in which archaeologists think about the past matters every bit as much as what they find. This module provides an introduction to the ways in which archaeologists make sense of the past: the kinds of questions we ask, how we answer them, and why we ask these sorts of questions. The module introduces the key thinkers in archaeology from the nineteenth century to the present, examining how they developed and transformed the approaches of their predecessors. The module is a history of archaeological thought, placing developments in the theory and practice of archaeology into their social and economic context. Students will be encouraged to participate actively in understanding how archaeological thought has changed over time.

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