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ANTH329 Landscape Archaeology

Archaeological perspectives on how people in the past inhabited and changed the world around them. Students will develop skills in the application of Geographic Information Systems to archaeology.

Landscape archaeology is a broad field that centres on how people in the past inhabited, perceived and shaped the world around them. This course covers the history of landscape archaeology, introduces main methods or techniques related to this field, and discusses relevant theory, concepts and debates using case studies drawn from across the world. Students will also develop critical practical skills in the use of Geographic Information Systems through guided computer laboratory training.
Students will be expected to gain the following from this paper:

  1. An extensive knowledge of the methods and techniques employed in landscape archaeology
  2. An in-depth understanding of major issues relevant to the study of how people inhabited, perceived and shaped the world around them in the past
  3. Basic skills necessary to use and implement archaeological research using Geographic Information Systems software (ESRI, ArcGIS Desktop)

Paper title Landscape Archaeology
Paper code ANTH329
Subject Anthropology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,492.80

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Prerequisite
188 200-level ANTH points or 108 points
Restriction
ARCH 303
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
May not be credited together with ANTH310 passed in 2010, 2011 or ARCH310 passed in 2015.
Contact
anthropology@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Lecturer: Anne Ford
Demonstrator: to be advised
Paper Structure
The paper covers three main themes:
  1. The range of methodological techniques used by archaeologists to study landscape use in the past
  2. Major theoretical approaches and concepts used in interpreting how people perceived and shaped the landscape around them, including archaeological case studies used to illustrate these different frameworks
  3. The basic use of Geographic Information Systems software (GIS) to undertake archaeological research
Teaching Arrangements
Two 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour laboratory workshop per week.
Textbooks
Most required reading is from journal articles and book chapters available electronically through the library.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the methods and techniques employed in landscape archaeology
  • Demonstrate understanding of major issues relevant to the study of how people inhabited, perceived and shaped the world around them in the past
  • Acquire the basic skills necessary to use and implement archaeological research using Geographic Information Systems software (ESRI, ArcGIS Desktop)

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Computer Lab

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
A2 Friday 13:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41