Landscape Archaeology

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Landscape Archaeology

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Archaeology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    One of ARCH 201, ARCH 203, ARCH 204, ANTH 203, ANTH 204, ANTH 208

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    18
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Archaeological perspectives on how people in the past inhabited and changed the world around them. Students will develop skills in the application of Geographic Information Systems to archaeology.

    Landscape archaeology is a broad field that centres on how people in the past inhabited, perceived and shaped the world around them. This course covers the history of landscape archaeology, introduces main methods or techniques related to this field, and discusses relevant theory, concepts and debates using case studies drawn from across the world. Students will also develop critical practical skills in the use of Geographic Information Systems through guided computer laboratory training.
    Students will be expected to gain the following from this paper:

    1. An extensive knowledge of the methods and techniques employed in landscape archaeology
    2. An in-depth understanding of major issues relevant to the study of how people inhabited, perceived and shaped the world around them in the past
    3. Basic skills necessary to use and implement archaeological research using Geographic Information Systems software (ESRI, ArcGIS Desktop)

    Teaching Arrangements
    Two 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour laboratory workshop per week.

    Course Structure
    The paper covers three main themes:
    1. The range of methodological techniques used by archaeologists to study landscape use in the past
    2. Major theoretical approaches and concepts used in interpreting how people perceived and shaped the landscape around them, including archaeological case studies used to illustrate these different frameworks
    3. The basic use of Geographic Information Systems software (GIS) to undertake archaeological research

    Learning Outcomes
    - Demonstrate knowledge of the methods and techniques employed in landscape archaeology
    - Demonstrate understanding of major issues relevant to the study of how people inhabited, perceived and shaped the world around them in the past
    - Acquire the basic skills necessary to use and implement archaeological research using Geographic Information Systems software (ESRI, ArcGIS Desktop)

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