Course Description

Course Name

Recovery and Interpretation of Archaeological Data

Session: VGSS3120

Hours & Credits

20 Scotcat Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level


The course has four elements: 1. A brief introduction to the organisation of archaeology in Britain and its legislative basis; 2. A consideration of the application and processes of interpretation involved in the main modes of site discovery and non-invasive investigation; 3. An examination of the excavation process, with a particular focus on techniques of recording and stratigraphic analysis; 4. The recovery, recording and analysis of artefacts and ecofacts.
This course will provide the opportunity to:
? provide a basic understanding of the methodology and practice of field archaeology, in order to foster awareness of both the strengths and limitations of field data; and
? to provide an understanding of the variety of ways of analysing and interpreting that data.

*Course content subject to change