MODULE DESCRIPTION 2019-20

SPRING SEMESTER 15 CREDITS
AAP6117 OSTEOARCHAEOLOGICAL ASSEMBLAGE ANALYSIS
CO-ORDINATOR: UMBERTO ALBARELLA
OTHER TUTORS: Elizabeth Craig-Atkins, Angelos Hadjikoumis, Sophie Newman

MODULE OUTLINE

This module will consist of the study of an osteoarchaeological assemblage, which will be undertaken individually by students, but with supervision and advice from staff and, when appropriate, research students. The students will be able to choose between a human and animal bone assemblage. The students will first be introduced to their tasks and parallel case studies, and will then embark in individual work consisting in choosing a recording system, record the material, analyse the data and eventually interpret and write them up.

Considerations: For Animal bones assemblage: AAP661 Zooarchaeology (or have equivalent experience) and will run in parallel to AAP6084 Advanced Zooarchaeology OR for Human bones assemblage: AAP685 human osteology (or have equivalent experience) and AAP681 Biological Anthropology II. Students who choose this component will also need to take AAP680 Biological Anthropology I and AAP683 Human Anatomy.


BROAD ACADEMIC AIMS AND PRINCIPLES OF THE UNIT

This unit aims to:
• Allow the student to bring together different aspects of osteoarchaeological methods, analysis and interpretation
• Provide the student with confidence in working on archaeological bone material in an independent way
• To prepare the student for undertaking assemblage-based reporting in professional and academic research


MEASUREABLE LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this module students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of :
• Record a bone assemblage in an accurate, coherent and consistent way
• Analyse and interpret osteoarchaeological data appropriately
• Communicate effectively the results of their work, both orally and in writing
• Develop the skills to undertake all stages of an assemblage-based analysis


STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND INDEPENDENT STUDY

Type

Hours

Lectures 3
Seminars 5
Laboratory Sessions 19
Independent Study (including preparation for assessments) 103

ASSESSMENT

Method

% of marks

Hours/Length

Oral presentation 30% 10 mins + 5 mins for questions
Project report 70% max. 2000 words

This module is exempt from the expectation set out in General Regulations relating to intellectual property which states, “A student undertaking undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes of study shall be the owner of the Student Intellectual Property created by that student”. If a student works on a project designed by or in collaboration with, or on data generated by or in collaboration with, a member of staff or a third party, a written agreement on ownership of intellectual property must be signed and lodged with the Department. Otherwise, any intellectual property generated will be owned by the student.”