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Tutorial Palaeobotany


Compulsory attendance


Prerequisites and restrictions

BA degree (or equivalent) in archaeology or a relevant discipline.
SAP and exchange students: admission after approval by the Graduate School of Archaeology.


The taphonomy, taxonomy, evolution, palaeoecology, and biostratigraphy of both plant macrofossils, and pollen and spores from European Quaternary sediments will be examined. Influences on the vegetation will be investigated including climate change and in more recent geological time anthropogenic factors.

Learning outcomes

  • The research and preparation of a scientific paper suitable for an international conference. This will involve the production of both a written abstract and a PowerPoint presentation;

  • The refereeing process where the tutor will comment on both the abstract and the presentation in advance the conference and, where appropriate, expect alterations to be made before the contribution is accepted for inclusion in the conference proceedings;

  • The presentation of the paper i.e. the verbal delivery of the paper to an audience;

  • Being questioned by other participants on the scientific content of their paper.

Mode of delivery

The tutor will act as a conference organiser while the students will be the participants attending the conference to present a paper. The attention is for the conference participants to present papers on cutting edge topics in the field of scientific archaeology. The subject matter presented will be diverse and will change as the discipline advances.


  • Written examination;

  • Presentation;

  • Thesis.

Readling list

To be announced.

Time schedule

Course schedule details can be found in the MA time schedule.