This module aims to provide an exciting introduction to the world of artefacts or ‘small finds’ analysis. Over the term, you will learn some of the key skills in describing, recording, identifying, and interpreting objects.
Artefact identification is an important ability for any archaeologist to have, and there is a growing need for specialist expertise, while training in detailed observation and precise measurement/recording is a highly transferable skill.
A directed option - students must pick a Practical Skills module and have a choice of which to take (one in Semester 1)
|Semester 2 2024-25
The Practical Skills modules seek to introduce you to a range of skills in various diverse areas of archaeological practice and are designed to allow you to gain experience in a 'hands-on' manner.
This specific module aims to:
By the end of the module, students should be able:
Using archaeological materials, reproduction objects, published reports and online resources, you will become familiar with a range of artefacts, and with the process of recording. We will look at objects of different materials (e.g. bone, stone, glass, iron, copper alloy, leather) and types (e.g. jewellery, weapons, coins), from different time periods and places (prehistoric, Roman, medieval and later). By the end of the module, you will be familiar with a wide range of objects from across time and space, but more importantly, you will have the skills necessary to begin to research any unidentified object that you come across.
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Students will work week by week towards their summative assessment during their activities in class.
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Formative: written feedback from module leaders
Summative: written feedback within the University's turnaround policy
Caple, C. 2006. Objects: reluctant witnesses to the past. London: Routledge.
Finds Research Group 1999, 2008. Datasheets Vols I and II. York: Finds Research Group.
Leahy, K. 2018. Finds Identified: Portable Antiquities Scheme. Greenlight Publishing.