Experimental Archaeology 2023-24
School Of History, Law And Social Sciences
Module - Semester 2
- Introduction: experimental archaeology today and its links with ethnoarchaeology
- The history of experimental archaeology
- Experiment by design: designing experiments, recording data and methodology
- Prehistoric metallurgical practices: copper and bronze production
- Stone and flint technologies; production and use-wear analysis
- Prehistoric metallurgical practices: iron production
- Food production: cooking with stone and food storage pits
- Making prehistoric roundhouses
- Cremation pyres: a case study on Early Bronze Age practices
- Taphonomies: understanding the formation of the archaeological record through experimental archaeology
- Experiencing experiments and materials; revision lecture
- Critically assess the role of archaeological ‘reconstruction’-sites in the production of archaeological interpretation.
- Critically evaluate the historical development of experimental archaeology;
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the role of material culture theory, ethnography and ethno-archaeology in the construction of archaeological interpretations.
- Demonstrate knowledge, critical understanding and theoretical grounding in the scientific and experiential use of experiments within archaeological research.
- Evaluate the utility and characteristics of a range of materials including ceramics, stone, metals and organic materials, via a range of experimental case-studies.
- Plan experiments in the technologies and processes of the past, from the acquisition of raw materials to manufacture, use and discard; and to post-depositional processes.
- Show and critically assess how experimental reconstruction can assist with the creation of archaeological narratives, and specifically assist with the (re)construction of ancient technologies, material culture practices and dwelling practices.
Case study poster presentation on a published experimental archaeology case-study.
Essay with project design for a hypothetical experiment