MODULE DESCRIPTION 2017-18

AUTUMN SEMESTER 15 CREDITS
AAP6141 LANDSCAPES IN ARCHAEOLOGY; METHODS & PERSPECTIVES
CO-ORDINATOR: COLIN MERRONY
OTHER TUTORS:

MODULE OUTLINE

This unit introduces the ways in which researchers have thought about landscape in archaeology and situates these perspectives within the methods that are commonplace in landscape research. Through a mix of lectures, seminars and practicals we will explore a variety of themes that together reflect the broad range of contemporary issues in landscape studies. These approaches will be applied through an analysis of a specific landscape using skills in observational survey, cartographic analysis, archival research and aerial photography gained during the practical classes. The emphasis is upon grasping both the methods and their application to specific archaeological questions.


BROAD ACADEMIC AIMS AND PRINCIPLES OF THE UNIT

This unit aims to:

  • Offer an advanced introduction to the ways in which researchers have thought about and applied landscape perspectives in archaeology.
  • Encourage students to engage with current research debates, and develop critical perspectives and evidence-based arguments.
  • Introduce the various forms of desk and field based techniques in landscape archaeology and situate them in the context of the archaeological process.
  • Foster students’ skills in presenting complex ideas, arguments and critical analysis during seminars and in written contributions.
  • Foster students’ skills in presenting methodological statements, results and interpretation during practicals and in written reports.

MEASUREABLE LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this module students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of:

  • Have a broad understanding of the ways in which researchers have thought about landscape in archaeology.
  • Be capable of engaging with current research debates, and presenting complex ideas, arguments and critical analysis during seminars and in written contributions.
  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the sources of data and methods of analysis involved in landscape archaeology.
  • Deliver a coherent project report involving the analysis of a specific landscape.

EXAMPLES OF LECTURE/SEMINAR TITLES/TUTORIALS

Our lectures/seminars are highly participative and taught by leaders in their field.

  • ‘Reading the landscape’
  • Structure, policy and legislation
  • Landscape as representation
  • Stories in the landscape
  • Maps and archives
  • Aerial photographs

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT SKILLS ACQUIRED

  • Field observation skills
  • Skills in group discussions
  • Working independently
  • Ability to integrate different forms of data
  • Preparation and presentation of a professional standard report

STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND INDEPENDENT STUDY

Type

Hours

Laboratory Sessions 9
Field Work 10
Seminars 5
Supervised group work 6
Independent Study (including preparation for assessments) 120

ASSESSMENT

Method

% of marks

Hours/Length

Project brief Formative 1000 words
Desk-based assessment exercise Formative 6 hours
Project report 100% 3000 words