F. ARK Advanced Archaeological Methods

Course content

This course concerns the dissemination and training in archaeological methods at a specialized level. The course consists of two modules:

 

1) Advanced Field Archaeology

 

This module is a field course conducted in wetland contexts. The goal of the module is to introduce and educate students in a series of advanced archaeological/biological field methodologies aimed at locating and investigating archaeological contexts. Moreover the goal is to train the students to analyze and describe a prehistortic environment and to "reconstruct" a cultural landscape at a given time. The coruse is currently focused on late glacial and early Holocene contexts, i.e. the early late Palaeolithic and Mesolithic periods of southern Scandinavia. The actual course location and study area is the large peat bogs of southern and western Zealand (Denmark) known for their preservation and numerous archaeological sites.

 

At this module the following wetland archaeological methodologies will be introduced:

 

a) Introduction to following wetland archaeological methodologies for locating and describing late glacial and early Holocene geological contexts in wetlands and kettle holes.

 

b) Systematic surveys, e.g., geological coring, followed by recognition and recording of archaeological settlements in wetland contexts

 

c) The planning and conduction of test excavations in order to evaluate an archaeological site concerning its preservation and archaeological potential, in wetland contexts.

 

This part of the course is introduced by a series of meetings and introductions to the methodologies followed by a 2 week intensive field course and finalized by the handing in of a report on the studied contexts.

 

 

2) Advanced Archaeological Documentation and Analysis

 

This module aims to provide the student with insights in different new and/or advanced documentation and analyses methods and further how their choice of methods affects the interpretation of ancient societies and their complexity. Additionally, the course explores the challenges of integrating scientific and 3D data into an archaeological framework. Another goal is to train the students in different presentation methods such as writing an article and give presentations in English.

 

At this module the following will be introduced:

 

a) Oral presentation

 

b) Open access and additionally data management and code of conduct

 

c) New and/or advanced techniques from the natural sciences and how they may be applied in the humanities, the processes involved, and the range of potential results in the use of scentific methods such as ancient DNA, protein and isotope analyses.

 

d) The use of 3D applications in archaeology

 

This part of the course is a series of seminars and workshops

Education

Prehistoric Archaeology

1) Advanced Field Archaeology 
The course is introduced by a series of meetings and introductions to the methodologies followed by a 2 week intensive field course and finalized by the handing in of a report on the studied contexts.

2) Advanced Archaeological Documentation and Analysis 
The course is a series of seminars and workshops.

Brothwell, D.R.; Pollard, A.M. (2005) Handbook of Archaeological Sciences, Wiley, ISBN 978-0-470-01476-9, 782 pages ( https://www.wiley.com/en-dk/Handbook+of+Archaeological+Sciences-p-9780470014769

Conolloy J. and Lake M. (2006) Geographical Information Systems in Archaeology, Cambridge University Press.

Evans, T. L, and Daly, P. (2006) Digital Archaeology. Bridging method and theory, Routledge.

Roy, A. and Smith, P. (eds) (1996) Archaeological conservation and its consequences, Preprints of the Contributions to the IIC Copenhagen Congress, 26-30 August 1996

Wilhelmson, H. (2017) Perspectives from a human-centred archaeology Iron Age people and society on Öland. https://portal.research.lu.se/portal/en/publications/perspectives-from-a-humancentred-archaeology(c6d33164-dd18-466b-9936-44156f3e3ea4).html

Further bibliography will be provided on the first day of the course and via Absalon

Oral
Individual
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
ECTS
15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Other
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 154
  • Exercises
  • 28
  • English
  • 182