ARCH06026 2013 ENVIRONMENTAL ARCHAEOLOGY

General Details

Full Title
ENVIRONMENTAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Transcript Title
ENVIRONMENTAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Code
ARCH06026
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
ARCH - Archaeology
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
06 - NFQ Level 6
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Author(s)
Billy Fitzgerald, Fiona Beglane
Programme Membership
SG_SAPPL_H08 201300 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_B07 201700 Bachelor of Science in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_C06 201700 Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_H08 201700 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology
Description

This module introduces students to the basic principles of environmental archaeology.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

1.

Explain the basic principles on which environmental archaeology is based.

2.

Define the principal methods used in environmental archaeology and identify when these methods would be applicable.

3.
Demonstrate the practical procedures of sieving, flotation, microscopy, soil analysis and basic identification of microscopic and macroscopic plant and animal remains.
4.

Analyse, evaluate and draw conclusions from data obtained in the laboratory and/or data presented in problem-solving exercises.

5.
Describe case studies of the application of environmental techniques in interpreting archaeological sites and landscapes.
6.

Organise and integrate theoretical and practical concepts presented into an overall view of environmental archaeology and explain the major applications in interpreting archaeological sites and landscapes.

7.

Effectively communicate scientific principles to a peer audience.

Module Assessment Strategies

50% of the assessment will be based on practical laboratory skills and fieldwork.  This will ensure relevance to the world of archaeological consulting and research.  The exam is designed to test the ability of the student to retain and to express the information gained during the course, while continuous assessment will provide ongoing opportunities to demonstrate the learning outcomes. 

Module Dependencies

Prerequisites
None
Co-requisites
None
Incompatibles
None

Indicative Syllabus

Sources of environmental evidence - including pollen, wood, seeds, beetles, molluscs, bones, soils, tephra and charcoal

Ecology and ecosystems

Sampling techniques in environmental archaeology

Laboratory techniques for sample processing, identification and analysis

Measuring timescales

Human use of natural resources

Naming species (Taxonomy)

Environmental history of Ireland from the Ice Age to the modern day

Native and introduced species in Ireland

Future climate and environmental change

Archaeological sites as habitats for plants and animals

The effect of time, plants, animals and soil conditions on the preservation of archaeological evidence (Taphonomy)

Fieldtrip to sites relating to the study of environmental archaeology

 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
70 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
30 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Lab practical Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 50 % OnGoing 2,3,4,6,7
2 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 1,2,4,5,6,7
             

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Written exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 30 % End of Term 1,4,5,7
             
             

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Science Laboratory Lecture - Archaeology lab 2 Weekly 2.00
Laboratory Practical Science Laboratory Archaeology Lab 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self study 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Dincauze, D.F.  (2000) Environmental Archaeology: Principles And Practice Cambridge, Cambridge University Press

Evans J and O'Connor T. (1999) Environmental Archaeology Principles and Methods.  Stroud, Sutton

Lowe J.J. and Walker MJC (1997) Reconstructing Quaternary Environments.  Harlow, Prentice-Hall

Murphy, E.M. and Whitehouse, N.J. (2007). Environmental Archaeology in Ireland. Oxford, Oxbow

Mitchell, F. and Ryan, M. (1998). Reading the Irish Landscape. Dublin, Townhouse

Roberts, N.  (2009)  The Holocene: An Environmental History.  Oxford, Blackwell

Renfrew, C. and Bahn, P. (2012) Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practise.  London, Thames and Hudson

Other Resources

None

Additional Information

Timetable as a 4 hour block in the archaeology lab (theory and practical) to maximise interactive mode of delivery of theory and practical and allow access to reference and replica materials.