15 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This module comprises laboratory classes involving practical handling of archaeobotanical material as well as student-led seminars reviewing key methodological debates in archaeobotany and exploring the implications of similar debates in archaeozoology. It delivers practical skills in identification, recording, analysis and interpretation of archaeobotanical remains; explores sampling strategies and recovery techniques; considers the implications of taphonomy and different scales of analysis; evaluates such theoretical issues as analogy and uniformitarianism; emphasising the reconstruction of crop processing and the integration of animal and plant exploitation. The module is assessed by an extended essay and a problem-solving exercise.

Restrictions on availability: Normally taken by students on the MSc Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy

Teaching Methods: Seminars, Laboratory work, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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