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ARCH6414 Maritime Aspects of Culture

Module Overview

This module will introduce you to the key theoretical and technical concepts used in maritime archaeology, along with its evidence base. It has been designed to provide an accelerated learning curve for those who are new to the subject area, developing core knowledge in archaeological method, theory and materials. It begins by analysing the development of the subject and its related areas of study in order to facilitate a better understanding of current theoretical approaches, management priorities and research potential for maritime archaeology, within the context of archaeology as a whole. This provides the platform from which to consider the scope of the subject in terms of the site types and classes of evidence available; from the Palaeolithic to present day, from landscape- to site-based scales of analysis. It also serves to demonstrate what is gained from adopting a maritime perspective and how this allows fundamental re-assessment of the wider archaeological record. Case studies, practical sessions and fieldtrips will all be used to contextualise the knowledge gained throughout the course and broaden your archaeological experience. By the end of the module you will be familiar with the scope, potential and resource base of the discipline. You will have gained key skills in research, presentation and writing relevant to both academia and industry.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aims of this module are to provide an essential grounding in the history and theory of Maritime Archaeology.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • A broad knowledge of recent and current maritime research trends
  • A broad understanding of the history of the development of maritime archaeology
  • A basic grounding in the theoretical approaches to maritime archaeology, maritime cultures and maritime landscapes
  • An appreciation of the archaeological potential of boats, ships and associated material culture.
  • An awareness of the potential of both submerged terrestrially deposited archaeology and the remains of seafaring activities.
Cognitive Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Assimilate and evaluate different theoretical perspectives
  • Assess a maritime landscape with respect to interpretation
  • Undertake independent research in the above areas
  • Apply theoretical models to specific areas of maritime archaeological research and specific problems
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Learn and apply new practical and theoretical skills
  • Produce academic/commercial standard reports and presentations
  • Plan, design and implement data research/collection and presentation
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Evaluate and critique past and current theoretical approaches
  • Apply current theoretical approaches in maritime archaeology
  • Understand the nature of the marine environment and the potential for activity on it.

Syllabus

Topics will typically cover the following: • Introduction to Maritime Archaeology • Theory & Practice in Maritime Archaeology • Introduction to watercraft classification and construction • Technology and Innovation • Maritime Ethnography • Learning Activities Week (Archaeology) • Maritime Landscapes • Island Archaeology • Navigation and Mental Maps • Maritime Historical Archaeology • Maritime Archaeology, looking to the future

Special Features

You will gain subject specific skills to do with recording and interpreting maritime archaeological data. In addition, we offer practical training to support this both with regard to material culture and time spent on the water.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • Weekly formal lectures to introduce key topics, themes and areas of study • Regular student led seminars • Appropriate field trips Learning methods include: • Directed learning through lectures/seminars • Guided self-study • Completion of two assignments • Use of online resources • Use of library resources • Oral presentation preparation and delivery on key topics

TypeHours
Wider reading or practice44
Seminar6
Completion of assessment task17
Follow-up work11
Preparation for scheduled sessions44
Lecture22
External visits6
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Green, J. (2009). Maritime Archaeology, a Technical Handbook. 

Ingold, T (1993). The temporality of the landscape. World Archaeology. Conceptions of Time and Ancient Society. ,25:2 , pp. 0.

Blue, L (2003). Maritime Ethnography: The Reality of Analogy. Boats, Ships and Shipyards. Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium of Boat and Ship Archaeology. ,Venice 2000: 334-338. Oxford: Oxbow Books. , pp. 0.

Gardiner, R. (2004). The Earliest Ships. The Evolution of Boats into Ships. Conway History of the Ship. 

Garrow, D. and Sturt, F (2011). Grey Waters Bright with Neolithic Argonauts? Maritime connections and the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition with the ‘western seaways’ of Britain, c. 5000-3500 BC.. Antiquity. ,Antiquity 85 (327) p. 59-72 , pp. 0.

Adams, J. (2003). Ships, Innovation and Social Change. Aspects of carvel Shipbuilding in Northern Europe 1450 – 1850 [Archaeology to provide PDF.]. 

Hocker, F. M. & Ward, C. A. (2004). The Philosophy of Shipbuilding. Conceptual Approaches to the Study of Wooden Ships. 

Westerdahl, C. (1992). The maritime cultural landscape. ,IJNA 21.1: 5-14 , pp. 0.

McGrail, S. (1998). Ancient Boats in North West Europe. 

Muckelroy, K. (1978). Maritime Archaeology. 

Rainbird, P. (2007). The Archaeology of Islands. 

Farr, H (2004). Seafaring as Social Action. Journal of Maritime Archaeology. ,1(1) , pp. 0.

Steffy, J. R. (1994). Wooden Shipbuilding and the Interpretation of Shipwrecks.. 

Lucas, G. (2012). Understanding the Archaeological Record. 

Gould, R.A. (2011). Archaeology and the Social History of Ships. 

Cooney, G (2004). Introduction: seeing land from the sea. World Archaeology. ,35(3), 323-8 , pp. 0.

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Informal feedback will provided throughout the module via lectures, practicals, seminars and supervisions. Detailed and constructive written feedback will be given for all assignments submitted.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (1000 words) 25%
Presentation  (15 minutes) 25%
Research essay  (3000 words) 50%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Resubmit assessments 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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