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2018 Week 5 Course 6

Introduction to Archaeology


David Beard


Week 5

29 July - 4 August 2018

Archaeology is defined as the systematic study of past human life and culture by the examination of remaining material evidence, such as graves, buildings, tools, and pottery.

This course looks at the progression from antiquarian interest to the establishment of archaeology as an academic discipline.

It then considers the methodology of archaeology: what happens before an excavation begins? what happens during an excavation? and what happens after an excavation is finished?

The second part of the course presents a brief introduction to the archaeology of Britain from the earliest prehistory to the end of the medieval period. Finally, we look at a few case studies from archaeological sites.

There will also be visits to several archaeological sites in the area.





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