Archaeology 1A (ARCA08004)
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Archaeology 1A provides a basic introduction to archaeology for those who may or may not have studied the subject before. The lectures start by outlining what archaeology is, and how it is practised.
A series of lectures under the sub-heading 'Discovering the Past' deal with the principles and methods of archaeological investigation, analysis and reconstruction. There are also sections on 'how humans evolved' (introducing human evolution and the hunter-gatherers of the Palaeolithic) and 'early agricultural societies', which charts the crucial shift from hunting and gathering to farming in the Near East and Europe; the first sedentary food-producing societies are introduced as a prelude to the rise of civilizations in the Near East and Europe, covered in Archaeology 1B. The course is designed to provide a systematic introduction to Archaeology, and to present some important areas of archaeological research. It aims to help students to develop their: ability to find and evaluate information, and set it in context; ability to critically appraise evidence and present reasoned argument; skills in literacy, in particular the preparation and writing of academic essays.
Written Exam 0%, Coursework 80%, Practical Exam 20%
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