MODULE DESCRIPTION 2017-18 - COMING SOON!

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15 CREDITS

AAP6117 OSTEOARCHAEOLOGICAL ASSEMBLAGE ANALYSIS
CO-ORDINATOR: Umberto Albarella
OTHER TUTORS: Elizabeth Craig-Atkins, Petra Verlinden, Angelos Hadjikoumis

MODULE OUTLINE

This unit is designed for students who have already taken a basic module in zooarchaeology (e.g. AAP661) or human osteology (e.g. AAP685), or have equivalent experience and will run in parallel to ‘Advanced Zooarchaeology’ and ‘Biological Anthropology II’ (AAP681). 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.


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

EXAMPLES OF LECTURE/SEMINAR TITLES


PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT SKILLS ACQUIRED


STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND INDEPENDENT STUDY

Type

Hours

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

ASSESSMENT

Method

  % of marks 

Hours/Length

  SUBMISSION DEADLINES (POSTGRADUATE ONLY) 

Oral Presentation 30% 10mins + 5mins for questions Week 10 (in class)
Project Report 70% Max 2000 words Monday, Week 14