Bioarchaeology (or equivalent level) obtained;
This is a seminar with a limited amount of participants (20 students), for Archaeology students exclusively;
This is not an optional course for the Archaeology BA3 programme. If you want to take this course as an extra-curricular course in your programme, you should ask permission from the Board of Examiners. You can only be admitted with permission, with proper argumentation, and only if there are spots left.
Archaeo-and palaeobotanical research requires knowledge of collecting, extracting, determining and curating Pleistocene and/or Holocene plant fossils and, in addition, presentation of fossil botanical data and data analysis.
All these aspects will be addressed in detail based on the study of fossiliferous sediments from a Quaternary site that contains archaeology (either lithic artefacts, cut-marked bone or both).
The site for study will depend on what is available at the time.
Knowledge of and insight into the research methods and techniques, and their application possibilities within palaeobotany and archaeobotany (particularly plant macrofossils);
Knowledge of and insight into the relevance of these techniques to archaeology;
Ability to recognise plant macrofossils from Quaternary deposits that also contain Palaeolithic archaeology;
Ability to determine and distinguish characteristic morphological features leading to accurate identification;
Ability to present and analyse palaeobotanical data;
Ability to conduct archaeobotanical research in a multidisciplinary approach that adds value to archaeological investigations;
Ability to write a basic research report based on the practical work completed in the course.
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Mode of instruction
Practical attendance (40%).
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The report will be submitted 2 weeks after the end of the practical.
To be handed out during class, and will be relevant to the site investigated.
Registration start dates for the BA2 seminars differ from the registration dates of the regular courses.
Registration will take place with the use of Jotforms, which will be e-mailed to all BA2 students shortly.
For more information about this course, please contact dr. M.H. (Mike) Field.