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Introduction to the Analysis of Archaeological Materials

How can we tell that a piece of flint has been worked by humans? How do we know if a piece of bone is from an animal? What do we look for when we try to date pottery?

Animal bones

Artefacts and ‘ecofacts' (environmental evidence) form a substantial part of our data about the past. This module introduces you to artefacts by concentrating on the three major classes: ceramics, stone and environmental evidence (including animal bone).

You will be able to explore how these classes of artefacts are quantified, analysed and interpreted; and how, at all stages, we make certain assumptions about the past and the nature of our evidence.

Practical work forms a key part of the course, and you will be able to handle artefacts, including animal and human bone, as you learn how to recognise, research and interpret their respective features. Emphasis will be placed on the study of material from British sites, and particularly, local examples, which will be drawn from a variety of periods.

Course date/time:

Thursdays 7:30pm - 9:30pm, starting 2nd February 2012


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