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ANTH410 Special Topic: Archaeological Science

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A review of current methods and approaches in archaeological science. Students will learn to critically evaluate, analyse and effectively communicate archaeological data.

Paper title Special Topic: Archaeological Science
Paper code ANTH410
Subject Anthropology
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,333.93
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,793.66

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Prerequisite
72 300-level ANTH points
Contact
anthropology@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

To be advised

Textbooks

To be advised

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

To be advised

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Timetable

First Semester

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 9-12, 14-15, 17-22

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Friday 14:00-15:50 9-12, 14, 17-22

A review of current methods and approaches in archaeological science. Students will learn to critically evaluate, analyse and effectively communicate archaeological data.

Archaeological science is a broad term describing the application of physical and chemical sciences to archaeology. This paper will review current methods and approaches in archaeological science and give you the tools to critically evaluate, analyse and communicate archaeological data yourself.

The course takes a hands-on approach and is approximately equally divided between formal teaching and practical laboratory-based instruction. In the teaching sessions we will discuss science approaches to an archaeological problem and look at previous work in the field. The practical sessions provide an opportunity to explore, or apply the method you have learnt about in the previous taught session.

Paper title Special Topic: Archaeological Science
Paper code ANTH410
Subject Anthropology
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2021 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
72 300-level ANTH points
Contact

catherine.smith@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Dr Catherine Smith

Paper Structure

Lectures and laboratory sessions cover general principles of archaeological science, biomolecular methods, chemical and geochemical characterisation, imaging, and data quality and presentation.

Teaching Arrangements

One 2-hour lecture/seminar and one 2-hour laboratory workshop per week.

Textbooks

Most required reading is from journal articles and book chapters available electronically on e-reserve or through the library.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Information literacy.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to

  • Understand scientific principles and knowledge applicable to archaeological research
  • Identify appropriate scientific methods to apply to archaeological data
  • Critically evaluate scientific analysis and approaches to archaeological data
  • Review and critically evaluate relevant literature
  • Communicate archaeological data clearly and effectively

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Timetable

First Semester

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Friday 14:00-15:50 9-12, 15-22