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Practical: Experimental Archaeology & Material Culture - ARC00054I

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  • Department: Archaeology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Gareth Perry
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Spring Term 2022-23

Module aims

The aim of this module is to:

Introduce the theoretical and practical skills required to design, conduct and critique

experiments related to material culture

Establish the importance of reference collections

Explore the properties of various raw materials

Investigate manufacturing processes for select/common artefact types

Highlight the role of functional analyses in understanding the meaning of objects

Introduce a biographical approach to the study of artefacts

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module the students will be able to:

Design and execute a practical experiment based on a specific research question relating

to material culture

Produce and document a small reference collection

Critically evaluate published experimental research

Possess and awareness of the physical properties of at least two types of raw material

Understand the manufacturing process of their chosen artefact specialisation

Have an awareness of different types of functional analyses

Present and critically reflect on results from their experimental research


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 50
Practical Class Test
2 hours 50

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 50
Practical Class Test
2 hours 50

Module feedback

Arrangements for the return of feedback are detailed on the formative and summative assessment web pages.

Indicative reading

Reading lists are accessible through the module web pages and VLE.

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