MSc Archaeomaterials: (research track)

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  • Objectives
    To intergrate archaeology, experimental archaeology and archaeological science through the study of archaeological materials. To cater for non-science-based archaeologists or students with some science trainning who wish to apply their skills in an archaeological context.
  • Entry requirements
    Admission Requirements Applicants for this MSc should normally be in possession of, or about to be awarded, a good Honours Degree (at least a 2:1, or its equivalent such as GPA 3.0 in the USA) in a relevant subject. Students from a wide range of subject backgrounds have successfully completed this course. A reading knowledge of a European language would also be advantageous.
  • Academic title
    MSc Archaeomaterials
  • Course description
    Postgraduate Courses: MSc Archaeomaterials: (research track)
    Please note this course is currently being revised and some of the modules are being updated.

    This is a one-year full time course suitable for graduates in archaeology, the humanities, or science. The course is designed to integrate archaeology and archaeological science through the study of materials, and is structured to cater for non science-based archaeologists or those students who have some training in the sciences, and who wish to apply their skills within an archaeological context. It provides a strong introduction at the graduate level to archaeomaterials for those intending to proceed to PhD research within one of the taught fields. The course provides training in the principles and application of analytical techniques to inorganic materials in archaeology, stressing the integration of theoretical and practical aspects of archaeometric studies and the formulation of topical research questions. The course includes consideration of ethnographic work which provides insight into the relationship between human behaviour and material culture, and practical courses in experimental archaeology with  reference to metals, ceramics and glasses.

    Staff and research interests:
    -Dr Peter Day, Materials science, Bronze Age Crete and Greece, ceramics.
    -Dr Roger Doonan, Archaeometallurgy.
    -Dr Caroline Jackson, Archaeomaterials, Britain and Egypt, glass and other vitreous materials.
    -Dr Patrick Quinn, Archaeoceramics, thin section analysis.

    Course Structure and Assessment

    Core Modules

    -Ceramics (Choice and manipulation of raw materials, forming, decoration and firing techniques, and the archaeological evidence)
    -Archaeometallurgy (Availability and choice of copper and bronze, archaeological evidence of ancient production techniques)
    -Ancient Vitreous Materials (Raw materials, manipulation of materials, the physical and chemical aspects of glasses and faience)
    -Innovation, Consumption and Production (Examination of the range of information resulting from an investigation of production processes, through a series of archaeological case studies where crafts are embedded within their cultural context)
    -Ethnography of Production Technologies (Ethnographic evidence for the production of ceramics, metals and glass, discussion of the evidence for craft specialization, a craftperson’s social standing within the society and transfer of skills and knowledge)
    -Analysis of Inorganic Materials: Methods & Applications (Overview of a number of analytical techniques and methods useful in the investigation of inorganic archaeological materials. A theoretical and practical introduction to selection of the appropriate methods)
    -A Dissertation on a topic of the student´s own choosing

    Assessment by a combination of essays, a project report and a dissertation

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