Understanding technology, economy and society through
The course aims to introduce students to the description, analysis and
archaeological ceramics. It relies heavily on a ‘hands-on’ approach
to artefact analysis.
Ceramics are by far the most commonly used artefact in Holocene period
reconstruct social, economic and political relations in the past. Underscoring
this is the
reliance on ceramics to construct regional chronologies. At completion
of the course,
students will be able to macroscopically analyse and describe archaeological
and draw basic inferences about past societies.
Students are expected to attend all classes and complete three pieces of
Two analyses of two published corpus of ceramics (of their choosing)
and a publication-style
report on the ceramics they will be analysing during the semester.