ARCH08019 2019 Experimental and Experiential Archaeology

General Details

Full Title
Experimental and Experiential Archaeology
Transcript Title
Experimental and Experiential
N/A %
Subject Area
ARCH - Archaeology
ESCI - Environmental Science
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Chris Read
Programme Membership
SG_SAPPL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied 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.

Learning Outcomes

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.  

Repeat Assessments


Indicative Syllabus

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

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

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

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Independent Learning Not Specified Self study 4.5 Weekly 4.50
Seminar Flat Classroom group learning 2.5 Weekly 2.50
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.50 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


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)

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