Landscape, Food Economy and Nature

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Doel vak

At the end of this course, students:
• can explain geological and soil science processes that are determining
landscape changes and to distinguish between natural and human causes of
these changes.
• are able to tell which food economies are distinguished in Archaeology
and how those economies have changed the landscape.
• are able to interpret sources, methods and techniques used by
ecological archeology to determine the most important physical
characteristics of human and faunal bone material
• have knowledge of the history, foundations and core concepts of
ecological archaeology and interdisciplinary landscape archaeology

At what level does ecological archeology work (individual, population,
ecosystem)? What are the sources, methods and techniques for landscape
archeology? How do you recognize landscape gradients and their
significance for archeology?
In this course you will learn a diagonal and spatial overview of the
human relationship between European and Mediterranean landscape, food
economy and nature.

Inhoud vak

The core of the course ‘Landscape, Food economy and Nature’ is the
interaction between nature, landscape and human activities. While the
landscape offers both possibilities and limitations to people, natural
environments are primarily a source of food. The food economy is
therefore a very important factor that has an enduring impact on the
landscape. Secondly, the landscape has been a platform and source for
economic activity. Besides that the landscape is a place that inherits
the past through monuments and stories. Europe and the Mediterranean
region know a wide variety of landscapes, from mountain chains and river
valleys to coastal areas heavily influenced by rising sea levels. This
module focuses on how the natural environment affects human societies in
these areas, but also how people continually create their own landscape.


a) lecture, b) map exercises c) graded discussions, c) bone description
practicals, d) student presentations . There will be 2 x 3 contact hours
each week. Presence is obligatory.


Assignments of Practical Exercises (45%) and Final Exam (55%).

Vereiste voorkennis

What is Archaeology? (Year 1 course)


Renfrew & Bahn- Archaeology, Theories, Methods and Practice, 6th edition
or younger: chapter 4 ( When? Dating Methods and Chronology), 6 (What
was the Environment. Environmental Archaeology), 7 (What did they eat?
Subsistence and Diet), 11 (Who were they? What were they like? The
Bioaracheology of People. Additional study materials will be available
via Canvas Files.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode L_AABAARC102
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P2
Vakniveau 100
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. S.J. Kluiving
Examinator dr. S.J. Kluiving
Docenten dr. C. Cavallo
dr. S.J. Kluiving
dr. E. Smits

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