Archaeological Landscape Investigation
- Module code
- Module leader
- Aidan Scott
- Module level
- Module credits
- Min study time
- 200 hours
- Contact Hrs within study time
- 80 hours
- Teaching period
- Oct - Jun
The underlying core of this module is based around students conducting an independent study of a chosen historic environment to produce a piece of original research which can add to the existing historical record.
Using skills developed in the 'Cultural History and Change' and the ‘Practical Field Archaeology: Methods and Practice’ modules from the previous year, students embark on a challenging investigation. Starting with a desktop study, students will consult regressive maps, aerial photographs, existing publications and journals, LIDAR results and search the Historic Environment Record (HER) to collate current information and theory. A design will then be constructed outlining possible questions that can be answered by conducting further research, or perhaps outlining what elements need further investigation to enable an accurate reconstruction to be proposed for the site for a certain period. Following this first tier work, practical fieldwork investigations (which can range from landscape survey and fieldwalking to core sampling and excavation) will be undertaken with the aim of producing an original piece of work to professional standards which may add to the current understanding of the chosen site, or perhaps re-interpret current thinking.
The results of the study must contain elements of originality. By conducting this independent study students will gain valuable experience in collecting original data and writing reports that include their subsequent analysis and interpretation.
To achieve credit for this module students must be able to:
- Undertake a desktop study containing multiple elements.
- Construct a research design containing targets.
- Undertake further develop individual research skills and to collect original data.
- Produce a short report evidencing all field recorded materials, concluding with a summary of the work and findings.
|Coursework||A detailed landscape investigation report clearly demonstrating original thought and interpretation (or reinterpretation based on original research) of an archaeological or historical feature or landscape||100%|
Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:
- Barker, P. (1993). Techniques of Archaeological Excavation. 3rd Edition, Routledge.
- Grant, J., Gorin, S. and Fleming, N. (2008) The archaeology coursebook: An introduction to themes, sites, methods and skills. 3rd Ed. Routledge
- Greene, K. and Moore, T. (2010) Archaeology: An introduction. 6th Ed. Routledge
- Renfrew, C. and Bahn, P. (2008) Archaeology: Theories, methods and practice. 5th Ed. Thames and Hudson
- Gater, J. and Gaffney, C. F. (2003) Revealing the buried past: Geophysics for archaeologists. The History Press
- Muskett, J. (1995) Site Surveying. 2nd Ed. Wiley-Blackwell
- Orton, C. (2000) Sampling in archaeology. Cambridge University Press
- Wilkinson, K. and Stevens, C. (2003) Environmental archaeology: approaches, techniques and applications. Tempus Publishing
- Conservation Bulletin. English Heritage. https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/publications/conservation-bulletin/
- Journal of Environmental Education. Routledge, Taylor and Frances Group. http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/vjee20/current