ARCH10010 Exploring Archaeology

Academic Year 2021/2022

Archaeology explores how people in the past created and inhabited worlds that were often very different to our own. Archaeologists gain unique insights into the human condition by investigating the material remains from past societies, enabling new understandings of what it is to be a person in many different contexts. This module will give you a general introduction to this exciting and engaging subject, enabling you to understand basic archaeological principles, methods and techniques. We will explore how archaeologists reveal the past – investigating how people lived, how they created and used objects, what they ate, what they looked like, and what happened at the end of their lives. The module is taught by lively and well-illustrated lectures, small-group tutorials, a visit to a museum (depending on Covid restrictions, this may be self-directed or virtual), and a fieldtrip to an archaeological monument (depending on Covid restrictions, this may be self-directed or virtual), all providing you with practical opportunities to investigate ancient landscapes, objects and materials yourself. Exploring Archaeology is a useful module for students from across all subjects in the university, in particular social sciences, arts and humanities, earth and life sciences, medicine, veterinary studies, engineering and architecture.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of how archaeologists recover different types of evidence.
2. Review the variety of methods used in archaeological investigation.
3. Visit an archaeological site or museum exhibition and be able to adopt an archaeological perspective on what they experience.
4. Construct an essay on a topic in archaeology.

Indicative Module Content:

Introduction: what is archaeology?
How did people in the past live with materials, and which materials survive?
How do we find archaeological landscapes?
How do we investigate archaeological landscapes?
How were societies organised?
What were living conditions like?
How did people change and shape their environments?
What did people look like, and what foods did they eat?
What happened at the end of their lives?
Using the past to understand the present.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities

50

Autonomous Student Learning

25

Lectures

11

Tutorial

6

Field Trip/External Visits

8

Total

100

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures that include active/task-based learning.
Tutorials that include peer and group work, including a museum visit during one tutorial.
Critical writing skills developed through final assessment (essay).
Field trip to put new learning into practice. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

None

Learning Exclusions:

None


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Additional Information:
Archaeology PhD students (DRHSC001 Z117, DRHSC001 Z118) may audit only


 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Essay (1500 words) Week 11 n/a Graded No

60

Continuous Assessment: Fortnightly online MCQ test (10 questions per test) Throughout the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No

10

Project: Project based on museum object (750 words) Week 5 n/a Graded No

30


Carry forward of passed components
Yes
 
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Fortnightly Multiple Choice Quiz: feedback on completion of each quiz. Week 5 Project: written feedback 3 weeks after submission deadline. Week 11 Essay: written feedback 3 weeks after submission deadline.

CORE: Renfrew, C. and Bahn, P. 2020. Archaeology: theories, methods and practice (8th edition). London: Thames and Hudson.
UCD Library Ebook.

Greene, K. and Moore, T. 2010. Archaeology: an introduction (5th edition). Abingdon: Routledge. UCD Library Ebook. Hard copy also available in James Joyce, Short Loan Collection, 930.1 GRE.

Grant, J., Gorin, S. and Fleming, N. 2008 The archaeology coursebook: an introduction to themes, sites, methods and skills. London: Routledge. UCD Library Ebook. Hard copy also available at James Joyce, Short Loan Collection, 930.1028 GRA.

Scarre, C. (ed.) 2018. The human past: world prehistory and the development of human societies (4th edition). London: Thames and Hudson. UCD Library Ebook. Hard copy also available at James Joyce, Short Loan Collection, 930.1 SCA.

Carver, M. 2009. Archaeological investigation. London: Routledge. Hard copy available in James Joyce, Short Loan Collection, 930.1 CAR.
Name Role
Grace Rinehart Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
 
Autumn
     
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 10:00 - 10:50
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 Mon 15:00 - 15:50
Tutorial Offering 2 Week(s) - 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 Wed 12:00 - 12:50
Tutorial Offering 3 Week(s) - 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 Tues 13:00 - 13:50
Tutorial Offering 5 Week(s) - 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 Tues 13:00 - 13:50
Tutorial Offering 6 Week(s) - 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 Wed 16:00 - 16:50
Tutorial Offering 8 Week(s) - 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 Tues 11:00 - 11:50
Tutorial Offering 11 Week(s) - 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 Wed 12:00 - 12:50
Autumn