MODULE DESCRIPTION 2016-17

SPRING SEMESTER

15 CREDITS

AAP643 ANALYSIS OF INORGANIC MATERIALS
CO-ORDINATOR CAROLINE JACKSON
OTHER TUTORS:

MODULE OUTLINE

This course acquaints the student with a number of analytical techniques and methods, which are useful in the investigation of inorganic archaeological materials. It provides a theoretical introduction as well as some practical experience in data collection and analysis. The potentials and limitations of methods are discussed through specific case studies.


BROAD ACADEMIC AIMS AND PRINCIPLES OF THE UNIT

This unit aims to:

  • Provide students with the knowledge whereby they become critical consumers of archaeological data and published papers and reports. They should also have the ability to write a coherent research proposal asking pertinent archaeological questions which can be answered using appropriate analytical technique(s).

MEASUREABLE LEARNING OUTCOMES

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

  • Have a working knowledge of a variety of common scientific methods used to analyse inorganic materials in archaeology
  • Understand the basis of scientific methodology used in archaeological contexts
  • Understand the basic chemistry behind the development of a number of scientific methods used in archaeology
  • Have the ability to choose appropriate scientific methodology and instrumentation for the analysis of a variety of archaeological materials.
  • Be able to produce and test their own data statistically, and to critically assess published data
  • Be critical consumers of the archaeological science literature
  • Be able to write a coherent and informed research proposal, asking specific archaeological questions relating to different sets of material.


EXAMPLES OF LECTURE/SEMINAR TITLES/TUTORIALS

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

  • Light microscopy
  • Introduction to Chemical analysis/Electromagnetic spectrum: Scanning electron microscopy, X ray fluorescence, Electron Probe Microanalysis.
  • Analysis using optical spectrometric methods, AAS, ICP-AES
  • Analytical session and data analysis
  • Neutron activation analysis and the application of chemical data, high tech. vs. low tech.
  • Mass spectrometry - isotopic analysis


STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND INDEPENDENT STUDY

Type

Hours

Lectures 10
Seminars 4
Problem Solving/Example Classes 2
Laboratory Sessions
Independent Study (including preparation for assessments) 134

ASSESSMENT

Method

% of marks

Hours/Length

Essay(s)/Coursework 100% 3000 words or equivalent