The University of Southampton
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre SouthamptonUndergraduate study

SOES6061 Marine GeoArchaeology

Module Overview

This module covers all key aspects of the relatively new discipline of marine geoarchaeology for both the academic and commercial sectors. The course will develop the techniques required to undertake a geoarchaeological assessment of both wrecks and submerged archaeological landscapes in coastal and full marine settings. The students will work with real data as well as being exposed to the principal analytical techniques both in the field (one day boatwork) and the laboratory.

Aims and Objectives

Aims

  • To provide an understanding of what approaches are used by academia and the commercial sector to investigate the geoarchaeological record.
  • To provide the students with the skills set to be able to undertake a full geoarchaeological assessment of a marine or coastal site (from desk based analysis to field based data – acquisition, processing and interpretation.
  • To provide an understanding of how marine and coastal environments impact and/or enhance the archaeological record.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the module you should be able to:

  1. Plan and execute a geoarchaeological assessment of coastal or full marine archaeological site.
  2. Be able to acquire, analyse and evaluate a wide range of archaeological, geological and oceanographic data including heritage records; in situ and remotely (Lidar) acquired topographic data; bathymetric and some sub-surface seismic data; hydrodynamic data; hand auger sediment and faunal samples.
  3. Place local site studies in both regional and global contexts.
  4. Have a full appreciation of the key issues in marine geoarchaeology in terms of both submerged landscape studies and archaeologically specific site dynamics.
  5. Have confidence in orally presenting in extended format integrated archaeological and earth science material.
  6. Write a full geoarchaeological report of a field site to English Heritage standards.

Key Skills Acquired

  • Generic skills: team working; report writing; oral presentations; time management
  • Subject-specific Skills: Knowledge of all of the key topics covered.

Syllabus

Refer to Overview and Module Aims.

Special Features

Presented in collaboration with Archaeology, Humanities Faculty (co-ordinator Dr Fraser Sturt)

Learning and Teaching

Study time allocation

Contact hours:55
Private study hours:95
Total study time: 150 hours

Teaching and learning methods

  • Formal Lectures: 10 x 2 hour lectures
  • Practical sessions: 6 x 2 hour GIS sessions, 2 x 3 hour core logging practicals.
  • Project Review Labs: 4 x 2 hours
  • Field sessions: One boat based session in the Solent.
  • Support: is provided by staff and/or postgraduate demonstrators where appropriate. Including four surgery sessions where questions to facilitate the field report can be answered.
  • Group Presentation and Interview: 1 x 30 minute minutes duration.

Resources and reading list

The lecture material is summarised at blackboard.soton.ac.uk. Instructions for accessing this material will be given during the course.

Assessment

Assessment methods

Group Interview (20%): A 30 minute group oral presentation and interview based on the DBA work done at the end of first term. To be assessed by academic staff and where possible external practitioners. Tests All Learning Outcomes

5000 Word Geoarchaeological Project Report (75%): Tests All Learning Outcomes.

Viva on Project Report (5%)

Linked modules

Pre-requisites and / or co-requisites

Restricted to MSci Geology /MSci Geophysics/MSci Oceanography programmes only

Costs

Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

TypeDescriptionCost
Printing and copyingThe University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour) Please Note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to www.printcopypayments.soton.ac.uk Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account The University Print Centre also offer a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found here. They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. Where possible, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour) Please Note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to www.printcopypayments.soton.ac.uk Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account You will be given a printing allowance towards the costs of printing lecture hand-outs and/or practical scripts. The University Print Centre also offer a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found here. They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. £0.05-1.00

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
FieldworkACCOMMODATION: For compulsory residential field courses accommodation and travel are normally provided. You are usually expected to cover the costs of food and drink, although some courses may include meals. For optional field courses, you may be asked to make a contribution to the travel and/or accommodation costs.
FieldworkINSURANCES: Although travel insurance is covered by the University high risk items for example laptops and mobile phones will require separate personal insurance.
TravelFor compulsory residential field courses accommodation and travel are normally provided. You are usually expected to cover the costs of food and drink, although some courses may include meals. For optional field courses, you may be asked to make a contribution to the travel and/or accommodation costs.
StationeryA ruler; a pair of compasses; set squares; protractor; pencils (including coloured); eraser; calculator, penknife.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Share this module Facebook Google+ Twitter Weibo

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.

×