ARCH08029 2013 THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF DEATH

General Details

Full Title
THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF DEATH
Transcript Title
THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF DEATH
Code
ARCH08029
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
ARCH - Archaeology
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
08 - NFQ Level 8
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, Sam Moore
Programme Membership
SG_SAPPL_H08 201300 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_K08 201300 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology Add On SG_SAPPL_H08 201700 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology
Description

This course will examine various aspects of the human experience of death as evidenced in the archaeological record. It is not period specific but rather the themes chosen for discussion will draw on examples from different periods in time and different countries. The objective is to get students thinking about the complexity of death and the human mind which in turn should help appreciate the complexity of the funerary record. Students are expected to read and research around each weekly topic and discuss their findings and ideas in class at the end of each week.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.
Demonstrate detailed knowledge of different attitudes to and beliefs about death as evidenced in the Irish archaeological record.
2.
Demonstrate familiarity with anthropological and ethnoarchaeological approaches to death in other cultures.
3.

Summarise and critique archaeological interpretations of burial and death related rituals from relevant literature.

4.
Appraise the shifting relationship between the living and the dead over the course of Irish prehistory and early history.
5.
Demonstrate skill in researching various aspects of death in Irish archaeology.
6.

Express archaeological data and ideas concerning Death through both oral and written formats.

Module Assessment Strategies

This theoretical based module is assessed by critical evaluation and interpretation designed to promote understanding and communication of the learning outcomes through the use of continuous assessment.

Module Dependencies

Co-requisites
None
Incompatibles
None

Indicative Syllabus

Introduction and case study of the Ibn Fadlan text on the Rus Viking Burial on the Upper Volga

Ritual theory and rites of passage.

Anthropological and ethnographical aspects of death.

Grave goods and what they do and do not tell us.

Society, Status and Burial.

Age and death.

Gender and burial.

Monumentality and the dead.

Places of the dead.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Essay Essay on particular theme Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % Week 10 1,2,3,4,5,6
2 Presentation Presentation of individual reasearch topic Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % Week 13 1,2,3,4,5,6
3 Essay Individual research topic relating to death Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % Week 8 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Group Learning Flat Classroom Lectures and seminars 2.5 Weekly 2.50
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 4.5 Weekly 4.50
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.50 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Parker Pearson, M. 2003 The archaeology of death and burial. 930.1 PAR

Downes, J. and Pollard, T. 1999 The loved body's corruption: archaeological contributions to the study of human mortality.

Other Resources

Handouts and further reading will be provided

Additional Information

None