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AHIS3302 – Laboratory Methods of Archaeology

2022 – Session 1, Online-flexible

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Primary Convenor / Primary Contact
Prof. Ronika Power
Contact via Email
25WW B113
By appointment only: contact via email
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
130cp at 1000 level or above or (20cp in AHIS or AHST units at 2000 level)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit covers the range of laboratory principles and methods used in archaeology for the description, analysis and critical appraisal of artefacts, features and sites. Through theoretical instruction and practical demonstrations in on-campus laboratories, students learn how the different experts involved in an archaeological project carry out laboratory analyses and artefact studies on archaeological sediments, items of material culture, and plant, human and animal remains using scientific approaches (for example, X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry, Electron microscopy, Gas chromatography, etc).

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Acquire knowledge of of the principles of archaeological techniques and methods in a laboratory-environment
  • ULO2: Apply knowledge of archaeology while participating in scientific practical experiences
  • ULO4: Analyse archaeological features and materials (pottery, architecture, metal, bone, and ivory objects) at an advanced level
  • ULO3: Communicate with other team members about strategies for study and analysis of archaeological objects
  • ULO5: Demonstrate critical thinking in the interpretation of the archaeological data
  • ULO6: Synthesize and communicate acquired knowledge and understanding to produce critical analytical reports

General Assessment Information

SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE UNIT

To complete the unit successfully you need a minimum mark of 50% overall. 

N.B. You must attempt every piece of assessment to pass this unit. In accordance with Clause 129 of the University Assessment Policy, non-submission of an Assessment Task will result in a FA grade - Fail Absent.

GRADES: 

F: 0-49% P: 50-64% CR: 65-74% D: 75-84% HD: 85-100%

LATE SUBMISSION OF ASSESSMENT TASKS - PENALTY

Unless a formal online Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – 10 marks out of 100 credit will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted seven days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline.

No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessments – e.g. quizzes, online tests.

IMPORTANT NOTE ON FINAL MARKS 

Please note with respect to the marks you receive for work during the session: grading decisions for each assessment task will be moderated against the set criteria and standards before task results are released. See further the note on Results in the Policies and Procedures section below.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Online Quiz 1 20% No Week 4; 17/03/22
Research Essay 30% No Week 7; 10/04/22
Online Quiz 2 20% No Week 10; 12/05/22
e-Portfolio 30% No Week 12; 29/05/22

Online Quiz 1

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 4 hours
Due: Week 4; 17/03/22
Weighting: 20%

 

Answer 10 short questions based on the seminar content and readings

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Acquire knowledge of of the principles of archaeological techniques and methods in a laboratory-environment
  • Apply knowledge of archaeology while participating in scientific practical experiences
  • Analyse archaeological features and materials (pottery, architecture, metal, bone, and ivory objects) at an advanced level
  • Demonstrate critical thinking in the interpretation of the archaeological data
  • Synthesize and communicate acquired knowledge and understanding to produce critical analytical reports

Research Essay

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 44 hours
Due: Week 7; 10/04/22
Weighting: 30%

 

Your answer to the essay question should demonstrate extensive use of primary and secondary sources. Your essay should be based on an analysis and discussion of primary (ancient) sources. Secondary literature should be used to aid you in your analysis and interpretation of the ancient sources and to place your interpretation within the context of previous scholarship. All opinions included in the essay, whether quoted directly or paraphrased, should be referenced according to the standard guidelines for the Department of Ancient History.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Acquire knowledge of of the principles of archaeological techniques and methods in a laboratory-environment
  • Apply knowledge of archaeology while participating in scientific practical experiences
  • Analyse archaeological features and materials (pottery, architecture, metal, bone, and ivory objects) at an advanced level
  • Communicate with other team members about strategies for study and analysis of archaeological objects
  • Demonstrate critical thinking in the interpretation of the archaeological data
  • Synthesize and communicate acquired knowledge and understanding to produce critical analytical reports

Online Quiz 2

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 4 hours
Due: Week 10; 12/05/22
Weighting: 20%

 

Answer 10 short questions based on the seminar content and readings

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Acquire knowledge of of the principles of archaeological techniques and methods in a laboratory-environment
  • Apply knowledge of archaeology while participating in scientific practical experiences
  • Analyse archaeological features and materials (pottery, architecture, metal, bone, and ivory objects) at an advanced level
  • Demonstrate critical thinking in the interpretation of the archaeological data
  • Synthesize and communicate acquired knowledge and understanding to produce critical analytical reports

e-Portfolio

Assessment Type 1: Portfolio
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Week 12; 29/05/22
Weighting: 30%

 

Working individually, produce a short multimedia piece. This piece provides an opportunity to express your learning experience in a personalised, creative way.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Acquire knowledge of of the principles of archaeological techniques and methods in a laboratory-environment
  • Apply knowledge of archaeology while participating in scientific practical experiences
  • Analyse archaeological features and materials (pottery, architecture, metal, bone, and ivory objects) at an advanced level
  • Demonstrate critical thinking in the interpretation of the archaeological data
  • Synthesize and communicate acquired knowledge and understanding to produce critical analytical reports

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Writing Centre for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

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