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 which are formative
to the physical landscape and to distinguish between natural and human
causes of these changes.
• are able to describe how different food economies are distinguished in
and how those economies have affected the landscape.
• are able to interpret sources, methods and techniques used by
ecological archaeology to identify the most important physical
characteristics of animal bone
• have knowledge of the history, foundations and core concepts of
ecological archaeology and interdisciplinary landscape archaeology

What is the contribution of ecological archaeology to landscape studies
(individual, population,
ecosystem)? What are the sources, methods and techniques for landscape
archaeology? How do you recognize landscape gradients and their
significance for archaeology?
In this course you will acquire a diachronic and spatial overview of the
human interaction between European and Mediterranean landscapes, 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. Within the
broad range of the
possibilities and limitations the physical landscape poses to its
inhabitants, a very essential element is the natural environment as a
source of food. The food economy is
therefore a very important factor that has an enduring impact on the
landscape. Secondly, the landscape is both a platform and a source for
economic activity. Finally, the landscape is a place that inherits
the past through monuments and stories. Europe and the Mediterranean
world display a wide variety of landscapes, from mountain chains and
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. The course is structured around the
three specialisms of the teachers: 1. Natural and human induced
processes in the landscape, 2. Plants and animals in the landscape, 3.
Humans in the landscape. At the start of the course each student will be
assigned a different study area that will be used to explore the
different specialisms.


Assignments of Practical Exercises (3x 25%) and Final presentatopn
(25%). Each of the three specialisms has an assignment that will be
applied to the selected study area. The course is concluded by a final
presentation of the study area from an integrated interdisciplinary
point of view.

Vereiste voorkennis

The successful completion of the course What is Archaeology?


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
E. Smits

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