ARCH08025 2013 LANDSCAPE ARCHAEOLOGY
The objective of this module is to introduce students to the ways in which archaeologists study and interpret landscapes and to provide students with a solid understanding of the concepts, sources and techniques used in the discipline. A main element of the course is practical work using electronic survey equipment including GPS and total station, which includes data collection and output of maps and plans. The course looks at various methodologies of landscape archaeology using case studies and practicals, and encourages an integrated multidisciplinary approach to the research of archaeological sites and regions.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Evaluate the merits and shortcomings of different methodological and theoretical approaches to archaeological landscapes.
Demonstrate ability of collect and output 2D and 3D monument(s) and map data
Express data and concepts about archaeological landscapes in written and oral formats.
Module Assessment Strategies
Much of this course is practical based and 40% of the assessment is based on producing a topographical map. This relates to understanding the principles of carrying out archaeological surveying in a digital format. 60% is continous assesment relating to interpreting data and archaeological landscapes.
Introduction to landscape archaeology. How to ‘read' a landscape; and the tools we possess to do aid this.
The basics in archaeological surveying
Using the total station and its applications.
Demonstration and use of of GPS
Data management and making maps
Investigating, Interpreting landscapes and Historical Landscape Characterisation
Using ArcGIS software
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Project Field monument survey||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||40 %||Week 9||2,4,5,6|
|2||Essay Landscape project of an archaeological site||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||50 %||Week 12||1,2,3,4,5,6|
|3||Presentation Poster of project||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||10 %||Week 13||2,3,5,6|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Lecture||Computer Laboratory||Landscape archaeology and Digital data processing||1||Weekly||1.00|
|Practical||Computer Laboratory||Digital surveying||2.5||Weekly||2.50|
|Independent Learning||UNKNOWN||Self Study||3.5||Weekly||3.50|
Ashmore, W. & Knapp. A. B. 1999. Archaeologies of Landscape: Contemporary perspectives. Blackwell, Oxford (particularly chapter 1). Library Ref: 930.1 ASH
Howard, P . 2007 Archaeological Surveying and Mapping. Routledge, London
Tilley, C. 1994, A Phenomenology of Landscape, Berg, Oxford (particularly chapter 1). Library Ref: 936.29 TIL
Wheatley, D. and Gilings, M. 2000 Spatial Technology and Archaeology. Taylor and Francis, London.
Over 50% of this module is conducted in the field. It is advisable that practical clothing and footwear be worn.