This topic provides an historical survey of major developments in archaeological theory and method as a background to an assessment of the emergence of archaeology as we practice it today. Within this framework the topic discusses issues including time, space, form, social environments and some of the elements that inform archaeological interpretation, such as gender, class and ideology. Case studies from a wide variety of archaeological sub-disciplines will enable students to develop a sound understanding of the relationships between archaeological theory and practice. This topic is a prerequisite to Honours admission.
This topic aims to:
examine archaeological theory and its practical applications
explore the history of archaeological thought
address the relationship between archaeological data and archaeological theory and method
develop an awareness of the variety of subject areas from where archaeological theories and methods have been and are drawn
enable students how to critically evaluate theory and method in archaeological publications
examine the appropriateness of particular theories and methods to their own research projects
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic students will have:
demonstrated familiarity with the use of archaeological theory and its practical applications
acquired the skills to be able to decide the appropriateness of particular theories and methods to their own research projects
obtained a basic understanding of the history of archaeological thought
achieved a better understanding of the relationship between archaeological data and archaeological theory and method
demonstrated an awareness of the variety of subject areas from where archaeological theories and methods have been and are drawn
learnt how to critically evaluate theory and method in archaeological publications
developed some of the skills that are important at university and in the workplace, such as communication skills and the ability to work in groups
Key dates and timetable
Timetable details for 2020 are no longer published.
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