Introducing Archaeology: Sites, Artefacts, Theory and Practice
Introducing Archaeology offers a broad introduction to the processes of exploring past societies. By examining a wide range of international case studies we discover the methods and techniques archaeologists use, and learn how these help us to understand the way people lived and died in the ancient world.
From the initial phases of research in libraries and archives, through processes of site survey and excavation, to the post-excavation analysis of artefacts and materials, we gain unique insights into all of the key stages of an archaeological project. We then take a global perspective to look at current threats to important archaeological sites around the world, and explore how you can get involved and make a contribution to this exciting discipline.
Participants work through the programme under the guidance of a tutor, and the course materials are accessible 24/7. The course is suitable for beginners, and no prior knowledge of the topic is required. Learners who do have some experience in the subject will have many opportunities to share and deepen their knowledge and understanding.
Please note: this is a small group course. Places are limited, and are offered on a first-come-first-served basis.
In this course we cover the following topics:
- What is archaeology? Exploring definitions;
- Desk-based and archival research;
- Field survey;
- Excavation: strategies and techniques;
- Archaeological recording;
- Principles of archaeological photography;
- Artefacts: processing and analysis;
- Conservation issues: protecting world heritage;
- Want to be an archaeologist? Getting involved.
Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to:
- Discuss the development of archaeology as a discipline, including major theories and approaches;
- Evaluate the significance of key sites and archaeological case studies from a range of countries and periods;
- Describe some of the key methods and techniques used in modern archaeological fieldwork, survey and artefact analysis;
- Identify major current issues in the protection of important heritage sites;
- Develop a personal action plan for becoming more involved in archaeology after the course.
Dr. Mark Anderson specialises in field archaeology, the anthropology of ritual and religion, the formation of complex societies, and the archaeology and cultures of Africa.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.