ARCH08031 2013 CHARACTERISATION AND DATING OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL MATERIALS

General Details

Full Title
CHARACTERISATION AND DATING OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL MATERIALS
Transcript Title
CHAR AND DATING OF ARCH MAT
Code
ARCH08031
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, Carmel Moran
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 is intended to allow students to become competent in the use of the scientific techniques utilised in the analysis of archaeological materials.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.

Describe and explain the underlying concepts, principles  and operation of analytical instrumentation used in the identification and elemental fingerprinting of materials/artefacts.

2.

To operate and describe the operation of a number of instruments that are useful in modern archaeological and conservation investigation and analysis.

3.

To outline the importance of appropriate sampling techniques and sample preservation in the analytical process

4.

To conduct practical work in a competent manner and to communicate and report the findings in an individual and/or group format.

5.

Explain and evaluate a number of scientific approaches/techniques to the dating of archaeological materials.

6.

Describe compare and evaluate research that has used scientific methods to answer archaeological questions, problems and contexts.

Module Assessment Strategies

A final exam is designed to test the ability of the student to retain and interpret the information obtained during the course.

Continuous assessment will provide the student with the opportunity to demonstrate the learning outcomes and monitor the student's progress.

Laboratory skills and report writing ability are assessed as part of the practical element of the module and provide ongoing opportunities to demonstrate learning outcomes.

Indicative Syllabus

Analytical Methods for Materials/Artefacts

Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy, Ultraviolet - Visible Spectroscopy

X-ray Fluorescence, X-ray Diffraction

Scanning Electron Microscopy- Energy Dispersive X-ray spectroscopy

Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry

Ion Chromatography

Sampling and Preservation

Sampling Techniques, Sample Preservation

Impact of Environmental Factors

Dating of Materials

Radiocarbon dating, Luminescence Dating.

Uranium Series Dating, Potassium-Argon Dating, FUN.

Authentication of Antiquities

Case studies outlining the use of science in the detection of forgeries.

Visual, physical and chemical examination.

Research and Future Work

Review of research literature highlighting the use of scientific analysis in archaeological context.  

Field Trip

Field trip to commercial/government laboratory where advanced analysis is carried out.  

 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
60 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
40 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Theory Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 1,3,5,6
2 Practical Evaluation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6
             

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Theory Final Exam UNKNOWN 40 % End of Term 1,3,5,6
             
             

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Theory 1 Weekly 1.00
Laboratory Practical Science Laboratory Laboratory Pratical 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Independent Learning 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Pollard, A.M., Batt, C. M. Stern, B. and Young, S.M.M. (2007) Analytical Chemistry in Archaeology. Cambridge University Press.

Craddock, P. (2009) Scientific Investigation of Copies, Fakes and Forgeries. Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford.

Lambert, B. L., (1998) Traces of the Past. Perseus.

Bowman, S. (1991) Science of the Past. British Museum Press.

Pollard, A. and Heron, C. (1996) Archaeological Chemistry. RSC Paperbacks.

Renfrew, C. and Bahn, P. (1993) Archaeology. Thames and Hudson.

Ciliberto, E. and Spoto, G. (2000) Modern Analytical Methods in Art and Archaeology. Wiley Interscience.

Taylor, R.E. and Aitken, M. J. (1997) Chronometric Dating in Archaeology. Springer

Bowman, S. (1990) Radiocarbon Dating (interpreting the Past Series). University of California.

Aitken, M. J. (2001) Science - based dating in Archaeology. Longman.

 

Other Resources

None

Additional Information

A minimum attendance of 75% is required in order to meet the learning outcome of the practical component of this module.