Isotopes in archaeology

Course description Isotopes in archaeology
Year: 2017-2018
Catalog number: 1042VSA6Y
Teacher(s):
  • Dr. J.E. Laffoon
  • Dr. R. Schats
  • Guest lecturers
Language: English
Blackboard: Yes
EC: 3
Level: 400
Period: Semester 2, Block III
Hours of study: 20:00 hrs
  • Yes Elective choice
  • Yes Contractonderwijs
  • Yes Exchange
  • Yes Study Abroad
  • No Evening course
  • No A la Carte
  • No Honours Class

Admission requirements

BA2 courses Bioarchaeology and Quaternary geology (or equivalents) obtained.

Description

This course deals with the wide ranges of applications of isotope data that are relevant to archaeological research. These vary from the research in the origin of peoples, mobility/exchange patterns, diet, climate change and environmental reconstruction. The potentials and restrictions of various types of isotope data will be discussed.

Course objectives

  • Basic knowledge of the theoretical background of different methods applied in isotope research;
  • Knowledge of the wide range of applications of isotopic data in archaeological research;
  • Awareness of the potentials as well as the restrictions of the different methods.

Timetable

Course schedule details can be found in the bachelor 3 time schedule.

Mode of instruction

Weekly lectures which should be prepared by submitting concise written assignments of 150 words, in which discussion points based on the assigned literature are critically evaluated.

Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 7 × 2 hours of lectures (1 ec);
  • Ca. 140 pages of literature including assignments(1 ec);
  • Essay of 1,500 words (1 ec).

Assessment method

  • Weekly written assignments (25%)
  • Essay on one of the techniques addressed in the case studies, including finding additional literature (75%)

If a student fails the exam, there is an opportunity for a retake of the final essay only. This is only allowed when all assignments during the course have been submitted. Assignments cannot be retaken.

All exam dates (exams, re-sits, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the examination schedule.

Reading list

To be announced.

Registration

Registration for the course or the exam is not required.

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective students website for information on how to apply.

Registration ‘Contractonderwijs’

All information (costs, registration, entry requirements, etc.) for those who are interested in taking this course as a Contractstudent is on the Contractonderwijs Archeologie webpage (in Dutch).

Contact

For more information about this course, please contact dr. J.E. Laffoon or mw. dr. R. Schats.

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