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Introduction to Archaeological Science - ARC00006C

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  • Department: Archaeology
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Oliver Craig
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2018-19

Module aims

This module aims to show how archaeology uses a range of techniques adapted from the physical, biological and earth sciences to better understand the human past. The lectures introduce some of the most recent and exciting scientific methods employed in archaeology through the demonstration of case studies. It is intended that this module will prepare students to assess published research and to be given a background to techniques which they may later wish to study in greater detail.

Module learning outcomes

  • understand the range of science-based techniques applied in archaeology
  • Identify and locate appropriate scientific literature
  • appreciate the potential and limitations of the major dating, molecular and conservation methods
  • be able to read research papers in 'science-based archaeology' with greater confidence and to understand the major implications of the research


Task Length % of module mark
Journal Critique
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Journal Critique
N/A 100

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