Science and Archaeology

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Doel vak

After finishing this course, students will

1. Have acquired specific knowledge of science methods and techniques
that are used to answer archaeological research questions;
2. Be able to critically reflect on the potential and limitations of
these methods (application, added value, representativeness);
3. Have gained insight into the position of science methods and
techniques in the archaeological theoretical debate, and have acquired
knowledge about the most important historical developments in science
approaches in archaeology;
4. Have learned to define research questions, for specific cases, that
require the application of science methods and techniques, and to
formulate a research plan;
5. Have gained practical skills in applying a number of science methods
and techniques, in particular in the fields of palaeo-ecology, forensic
anthropology and geo-archaeology;
6. Have learned to analyse datasets obtained using science methods and
techniques, to apply appropriate techniques like statistics, data mining
and GIS, to evaluate the results, draw conclusions from them and to
present them.

Inhoud vak

In this course, the theoretical and technical basis of various science
methods which are being used in Archaeology will be treated, as well as
their position within this discipline. Several case studie will show
both the potential and the limitations of these methods. Furthermore,
practical training will be offered through group and individual
assignments. The data sets which will be used during the practicals will
come from current research projects at UvA and VU.

The course programme is as follows:
Week 1-2: basics of science methods in Archaeology (materials,
molecules, isotopes, DNA)
Week 3-4: ecological archaeology (archaeobotany and zooarchaeology)
Week 5: forensic archaeology
Week 6-7: geoarchaeology (maps, sediments and soils)


Lectures and practicals


Assesment consists of practical assignments, essays and/or presentations
for each of the four themes treated (Basics of Science, Ecological
Archaeology, Forensic Archaeology, Geoarchaeology). Together, these will
count for 80% of the grade, with each theme receiving equal weight. The
remaining 20% of the grade will be assigned through a final exam.


Roberts, N. 2013. The Holocene: An Environmental History, 2nd Edition.


BA2 ACASA Archaeology. Also available as elective to students in Ancient
Studies and History.

Aanbevolen voorkennis

Omgaan met Materiële Bronnen (BA1 ACASA Archaeology and Ancient
Studies), Landscape, Food economy & nature (BA1 ACASA Archaeology).

Algemene informatie

Vakcode L_AABAARC202
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P1
Vakniveau 200
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. J.W.H.P. Verhagen
Examinator dr. J.W.H.P. Verhagen
Docenten dr. E. Smits
dr. J.W.H.P. Verhagen
dr. C. Cavallo

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