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Artefacts from Excavation - ARC00056M

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  • Department: Archaeology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Steve Ashby
  • Credit value: 5 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2017-18

Module aims

  • To introduce students to the range of artefacts found on archaeological sites
  • To teach students the basic principles of object indentification and recording
  • To introduce students to the ways in which objects are handled and conserved.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module students should:

  • Have an awarenedd of the range of material types (metals, glass, pottery, bone, antler, organics (leather, textiles) found on archaeological sites.
  • Understand the techniques used in the indentification and alaysis of objects (microscopy, radiography, recording and manipulation)
  • Indentify and record common types of artefact
  • Understand - and apply - the ways in which objects are handled and conserved according to health and safety regulations.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback will be returned to the student within 6 weeks of the deadline. The student can make an appointment with the marker to obtain verbal feedback.

Indicative reading

  • Appadurai, A. (1986) The Social Life of Things. Cambridge. Cambridge University Press.
  • Caple, C. (2006). Objects: Reluctant Witnesses to the Past. London. Routledge.
  • Egan, G. 1998. The Medieval Household: Daily Living, c.1150-c. 1450. HMSO (London)
  • Egan, G. 2005 Material Culture in london in an age of transition: Tudor and Stuart period finds c.1450-c.1700 from excavations at riverside sites in Southwark. MOLAS (London).
  • Gosden, C & Marhsall, Y 1999 Yje cultural biography of objects, World Archaeology 31(2).
  • Hurcombe, LM (2007) Archaeological Artefacts as Material Culture. London: Routledge.
  • Ottaway, P 2002 Craft, industry and everyday life: finds from Medieval York. York: CBA.
  • MacGregor, A, Mainman, AJ & Rogers, NSH (1999) Craft, Industry and Everyday Life: Bone, Antler and Horn from Anglo-Scandanavian and Medieval York. York: CBA
  • Mould, Q 2003 Craft, industry and everyday life: leather and leatherworking in Anglo-Scandanavian and Medieval York. York:CBA.
  • Morris, CA 2000 Craft, industry and everyday life: wood and woodworking in Ango-Scandanavian and Medieval York. York: CBA.
  • Mainman, A 2000 Craft, industry and everyday life: finds from Anglo-Scandanavian York. York: CBA.
  • Brooks, M 1987 Medieval and Later Pottery from Aldwark and other sites. York: CBA.
  • Pearce, SM (ed. 1994) Interpreting Objects and Collections. London. Routledge.
  • Tilley, C. et al. (2006) Handbook of Material Culture. London. Sage.
  • Watkinson, DE (1998) First Aid for Finds. London: RESCUE

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.