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Introducing Archaeology: Sites, Artefacts, Theory, Practice - Online Course

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Introducing Archaeology: Sites, Artefacts, Theory and Practice is a unique online course that offers a broad introduction to the processes involved in exploring past societies.


Course description

By examining a wide range of international case studies we discover the methods and techniques archaeologists use, and learn how they are applied to help us understand the way people lived and died in the ancient world.

From the initial phases of research in libraries and archives, through processes of site survey and excavation, to the post-excavation analysis of artefacts and materials, we gain unique insights into all of the key stages of an archaeological project.

We then take a global perspective to look at current threats to important archaeological sites around the world, and explore how you can get involved and make a contribution to this exciting discipline.


Syllabus overview

In this course we explore the following topics:

  • What is archaeology? Exploring definitions;

  • Desk-based and archival research;

  • Field survey;

  • Excavation: strategies and techniques;

  • Archaeological recording;

  • Principles of archaeological photography;

  • Artefacts: processing and analysis;

  • Conservation issues: protecting world heritage;

  • Want to be an archaeologist? Getting involved.



Tomb of Mereruka, Saqqara



Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the development of archaeology as a discipline, including major theories and approaches;

  • Evaluate the significance of key sites and archaeological case studies from a range of countries and periods;

  • Describe some of the key methods and techniques used in modern archaeological fieldwork, survey and artefact analysis;

  • Identify major current issues in the protection of important heritage sites;

  • Develop a personal action plan for becoming more involved in archaeology after the course.


Prerequisites

This learning opportunity is open to anyone, and no prior knowledge or experience of archaeology is required. The only prerequisite is a healthy curiosity about past societies and a willingness to engage and contribute to course discussions.

The course is delivered completely online in a virtual learning environment (VLE), so you will need access to an internet-connected computer or mobile device, and basic computing skills. Our team will be on hand to give you both academic and technical support as needed.

Please note: to preserve the educational advantages of small-group teaching there are only ten places available on this course. We therefore recommend that you register early to avoid disappointment.


Your tutor

Dr. Mark Anderson will be your tutor and guide on this learning journey. Mark's interests embrace all aspects of cultural heritage, with specialisms in African archaeology, the anthropology of education, ritual and religion, and the formation of complex societies. He teaches archaeology and anthropology at the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, and he is a Teaching Fellow at Imperial College London.

Mark is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. He is the author of Marothodi: The Historical Archaeology of an African Capital.


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