The module is divided into two parts. In Part 1 students will gain an introduction to different techniques and practical approaches used by archaeologists to learn more about the past, how sites are located and excavated, how the discoveries are scientifically dated and what happens to the remains (environmental samples, human and animal remains and material culture) that are discovered. In Part 2 a collection of case studies have been selected from around the world – China, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Russia, the Americas, amongst others – and will demonstrate how key archaeological discoveries have played a contribution in the understanding of key issues of the past.
The module is delivered through a series of lectures and seminar/practical sessions. Assessment of the module is undertaken though a combination of class tests and a written essay.
Module Co-ordinator: Prof Eileen Murphy
Contributors: Dr Dirk Brandherm • Dr Colm Donnelly • Dr Finbar McCormick • Dr Cormac McSparron • Dr Will Megarry • Dr Andrew Shuttleworth
Postgraduate demonstrators are utilised for this module to help deliver some of the teaching content.
(Image: Ulster Museum, Belfast – E. Murphy)