ARCH08019 2019 Experimental and Experiential Archaeology
The principle aims of this module are to examine the potential roles of experimental and experiential archaeology and how they can increase our understanding of past societies. The module will cover a wide range of approaches and case studies. The students will work towards the development and implementation of an experimental or experiential project.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Demonstrate knowledge, critical understanding and theoretical grounding in the scientific use of experiments within archaeological research.
Evaluate the utility and characteristics of a range of materials potentially including ceramics, stone, metals and organic materials.
Demonstrate an ability to design, carry out and report on an archaeological experiment focused on a particular aspect of the technologies and processes of the past or an experiential project involving archaeological materials or sites.
Effectively communicate the role and results of experimental/experiential research in a variety of forms, to specialist and non-specialist audiences, including education and public outreach.
Apply the results of experimental and experiential archaeology to the interpretation of the findings of archaeological survey and excavation.
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Teaching and learning will integrate a variety of approaches including lectures, guided reading and presentations focusing critical assessments of different approaches and their role in archaeological interpretation. Easily available video resources will be used to explore experimental approaches and outcomes. Students will work towards the design and execution of an experimental or experiential project, culminating in the production of a substantial report and short video.
Module Assessment Strategies
This module is assessed using a combination of examination and practical assessment. The exam will demonstrate understanding of the concepts and procedures in experimental archaeology. The practical assessment will demonstrate that learning outcomes based around the ability to design, conduct and communicate experimental archaeology are met.
Thsi module will cover such topics as: history of experimental archaeology; theoretical aspects of experimental archaeology; ethnoarchaeology; experiments using clay, metal, bone, wood, skins and hides; experiential and sensory archaeology; reconstructions; health and safety; dissemination for different audiences
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Presentations||Continuous Assessment||Performance Evaluation||40 %||OnGoing||1,2,5|
|2||Project and Video||Project||Project||55 %||Week 15||1,2,3,4,5|
|3||Research Design||Continuous Assessment||Written Report||15 %||Week 7||1,2,3|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Independent Learning||Not Specified||Self study||4.5||Weekly||4.50|
|Seminar||Flat Classroom||group learning||2.5||Weekly||2.50|
Coles, J. (1973) Archaeology by Experiment London: Hutchinson
Hodges, H. (1995) Artifacts: An Introduction to Early Materials and Technology. London: Duckworth
Reynolds, P. (2003) Experiment in Archaeology. Stroud: NPI
EUROREA (European Reconstruction and Experiment in Archaeology)