Discovering Archaeology: The Finds Room

The course will consider the development of the subject of archaeology to identify the main themes and traditional approaches of the discipline. The focus is on the history of archaeological interpretation.

Using examples from Britain and abroad, we will explore how archaeological materials and sites are identified, how they may be characterised and interpreted, and dated. We will then examine the different approaches for investigating archaeological sites and their contexts and critically evaluate these differing approaches.

Course elements:

  • Introduction to archaeology: what is it, its history and the development of thought about the past.
  • How do we know the age of sites and artefacts?
  • Field practice: what is a site, methods for identifying sites, aerial photography, geophysics, remote sensing, earthwork survey, landscape approaches, standing buildings, GIS and predictive modelling, assessment and excavation methods.

15 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis – so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Thu 11-Jan-18 6pm-8pm

Class location Central London
Class code SSHC167H4AAA