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On completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Recognise a range of artefacts and types of artefacts from prehistoric and historic Ireland and beyond
2. Assess the main approaches used in artefact research in archaeology and discuss their strengths and weaknesses
3. Appreciate the wide range of symbolic, practical and functional roles that objects have for people, both in the past and the present
4. Demonstrate increased skill in comparing and contrasting different forms of archaeological information, investigating interpretations and articulating your own arguments about these interpretations
The module includes:
A consideration of things made from different materials e.g. stone, clay, wood, leather, and metals.
These are drawn from several periods Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman, early medieval, Viking.
We will consider these from a variety of analytical and theoretical perspectives.
Over the course of the trimester, you will be provided with the opportunity to have a go at making an object based on an archaeological example, supported by an on-campus workshop. This exercise will allow you to engage practically with material and in turn provide a focus for potentially thinking differently about the archaeology.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Multiple Choice Questionnaire: A series of three MCQs testing knowledge of archaeological objects (completed online in Brightspace).||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40%||No||
|Journal: 3000-word Journal reflecting on the making of replica archaeological object (due in Week 13)||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||No||
|Assignment: 1500-word critical review of approaches to interpreting an archaeological object (due in mid-trimester break)||Week 7||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback
UCD School of Archaeology uses a standard format to provide feedback in all modules. This format also contains feed forward details - this will help students think about how they could improve their approach in future assignments. Within ARCH20500, online automated feedback is provided for the MCQs. The written assignments receive formal written feedback via standard forms no later than 20 working days after the submission deadline. Work submitted late will receive formal written feedback staggered accordingly. Feedback on the 'critical review' is designed to help improve the final assignment. Written assignments also have rubrics attached to them in Brightspace that can help you determine what aspects of the task we will be considering in our evaluation. All tasks are provided from the start of the module.
|Dr Maureen Doyle||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Assoc Professor Barry Molloy||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Dr Brendan O'Neill||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Dr Rob Sands||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Lecture||Offering 1||Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32||Fri 13:00 - 13:50|
|Lecture||Offering 1||Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32||Wed 15:00 - 15:50|