ARCH08029 2013 THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF DEATH
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.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Summarise and critique archaeological interpretations of burial and death related rituals from relevant literature.
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.
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
|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
|Group Learning||Flat Classroom||Lectures and seminars||2.5||Weekly||2.50|
|Independent Learning||UNKNOWN||Self Study||4.5||Weekly||4.50|
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.
Handouts and further reading will be provided