This course introduces students to a selection of microanalytical techniques used in archaeological science. Students will receive instruction in three different sub-fields: geochemical sourcing, stable isotope analysis and trace analysis. The emphasis is upon acquiring "hands-on" knowledge of each technique, including the equipment used, the generation of data and the interpretation of data. Students will prepare samples and collect data using techniques such as x-ray fluorescence, chemical isolation of bone collagen, and optical and electron microscopy.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Assess the potential for application of microanalysis techniques in specific situations
- Evaluate published archaeological microanalysis studies
- Perform basic microanalysis techniques using appropriate technology
- Understand and implement good laboratory techniques including safe practice and proper documentation.
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- Two essays (26% each): 52%. Students select essay topics related to two of three major microanalysis techniques covered in the course. (LO 1,2)
- Three lab reports (10% each): 30%. One lab report for each major topic covered in the course. (LO 3,4)
- Three short quizzes (6% each): 18% (LO 1,2,4)
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WorkloadIt is expected that in-class and out-of-class work will total about 10 hours per week. The total workload for the course is 130 hours including in class time and independent study.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Weiner, S2010 Microarchaeology - beyond the visible record. CUP: Cambridge
Reading lists, primarily focused on recent journal articles, will be provided for each course topic.
Assumed KnowledgeKnowledge of basic statistical techniques is helpful but not required.
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