UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH MODULE RECORD
MODULE CODE: FDAP202
MODULE TITLE: EXPERIMENTAL ARCHAEOLOGY
COMPENSATABLE WITHIN THIS PROGRAMME: Yes
SHORT MODULE DESCRIPTOR
This module explores the potential of Experimental Archaeology as a powerful research method, an educational tool and as a medium for public outreach.
ELEMENTS OF ASSESSMENT: (C1) COURSEWORK 80% (A1)ASSESSMENT 20%
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The module aims to provide the student with an understanding of the theory and practice of Experimental Archaeology, the skills to conduct experiments in a safe and scientific manner, and an appreciation of how the subject can be applied in an educational context.
ASSESSED LEARNING OUTCOMES: At the end of a module the learner will be expected to:
INDICATIVE SYLLABUS CONTENT:
History of experimental archaeology; Applications: the sourcing of raw materials; manufacture of artefacts in stone, clay, metals and organic materials such as bone, wood and skin; decay and taphonomy; pyrotechnology; cooking, brewing and preserving; artefact composition; the archaeological evidence for technological processes; the evidence of mining, ore processing, fuels, smelting and secondary metalworking processes. Reconstruction and re-enactment for education. Health & Safety.
APPROVAL: DATE OF APPROVAL: 23/05/07
DATE OF IMPLEMENTATION: 1/9/2007
DATE(S) OF APPROVED CHANGE: n/a
City College Plymouth
(For FHSW) NAME OF SITE:
MODULE LEADER: Win Scutt
Term: All Year
Assessment Criteria (Threshold Level) :
The student should be able to provide evidence of:
1. Coursework Report (80%)
The student will present a report of an experiment they have conducted: the hypothesis, the theoretical background, an outline methodology, an account of the learning process, presentation and analysis of data; interpretation and conclusions. The student must use scientific principles to critically appraise their own and other people’s arguments. The student may choose how to present the report: for example on a website, as a video recording, a written report or a combination of these.
2. Conducting an experiment 20%
The student must conduct an experiment witnessed by a member of staff or recorded in video or stills.
Schedule of Teaching and Learning:
This module will be taught through a series of lectures and workshop seminars, in which students will discuss their chosen project for the assessed coursework report.
Recommended Texts and Sources
The recommended texts for the course are:
Coles, J. (1973) Archaeology by Experiment London: Hutchinson
Hodges, H. (1995) Artifacts: An Introduction to Early Materials and Technology. London: Duckworth
Reynolds, P. (2003) Experiment in Archaeology. Stroud: NPI
EUROREA (European Reconstruction and Experiment in Archaeology)
XARC: European network of Open Air Museums and other facilities involved in Experimental Archaeology: http://www.exarc.net/
The Delphi Project http://www.delphi.exarc.net/delphi
Archives of ARCH-EXPERIMENT jiscmail http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/arch-experiment.html
Experiment, Reconstruction and Education in Archaeology: http://www.exrea.net
Historical Metallurgy Society: http://hist-met.org/
Edinburgh, University of, (2007) Archaeology at Edinburgh Streaming Media [online] http://www.arcl.ed.ac.uk/streaming/index.html
Archaeology Data Service http://ads.ahds.ac.uk