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Archaeology 1A (ARCA08004)







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Course Summary

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.

Course Description

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.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 80%, Practical Exam 20%

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