20 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This module explores the role of science in archaeological research, ranging from prospection on both landscape and intra-site scales, through the development of dating frameworks, to the study of environmental change, biological evolution, demography, technology, diet, and the movement of people, other animals, plants and materials. `Scientific archaeology' is taken to embrace both (1) the application in the field and laboratory of analytical techniques adapted from the natural sciences and (2) the use of rigorous, explicit and quantitative methods of data sampling, analysis and interpretation. The module comprises a series of lectures paired with practical classes.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Laboratory work, Independent Study
Assessment: Practical skills assessment

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