ARK4070 – Environmental Archaeology and Archaeometry
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
This course investigates the application of different scientific methods of analysis that are used to conduct research within the field of archaeology. The course further investigates the applied principles and methods at the intersection of archaeology, geosciences, ecology, biology and metallurgy.
The course reviews traditions of interdisciplinary work between archaeology and natural sciences and aims to build competencies in using environmental proxies to better understand the human relationship to the environment.
The students will write a research paper in which they explore a relevant research topic related to the semester coursework.
The course aims to ensure that students have a general knowledge and understanding of the most commonly utilised natural science methods applied in archaeological research. Students will also learn to critically evaluate the potential benefits and inherent limitations of specific scientific research tools used in archaeology.
The course is useful for archaeologists intending to conduct fieldwork, as well as for those that rely upon natural scientific data to build interpretive frameworks for understanding the human past. This course provides a foundation for developing further specialisation within the different methods of scientific analysis.
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The course is open to students that have admission to Arkeologi og konservering (master - to år).
Formal prerequisite knowledge
Admission to this course requires a previously obtained bachelor degree in archaeology or a related field.
The teaching consists of lectures and seminars with practical exercises.
- Students must lead one 10-minute discussion of a topic. The topics and questions will be provided by the teacher.
- Students must pass five statistics modules. All statistical operations will be conducted in the free, open-source program of R, so students are expected to have access to a computer to which they have administrative privileges. Students will have opportunities to redo modules until they pass in the event they do not pass on the first attempt(s).
Failure to complete the mandatory assessments will result in the student being prohibited from taking the final exam.
The students are evaluated based on an individual term paper. The assignment is handed out at the beginning of the term, and the students are expected to work on their paper throughout the semester.
The final paper must be uploaded to Inspera as a .pdf-file. The students must ensure that their candidate number is used as a header on every page. The students are responsible for uploading the assignment in a readable form.
Submit assignments in Inspera
You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.
Use of sources and citation
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
The grades can be found on Studentweb. The students will be notified by email when the grades have been announced.
Explanations and appeals
Resit an examination
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.