You are advised to have completed the Archaeological Sciences profiel.
This course acts as the bridge from student to early career academic. Students will undertake their own small archaeo-/palaeo-botanical investigation involving the development a research question(s) with an archaeological theme. These questions will be answered by sub-sampling a sample, extracting the fossils from the sample, fossil identification, data presentation and interpretation allowing the production of a written document (suitable for publication in an internationally refereed journal).
Know how to select which part of a sample can be used for analyses in the laboratory;
Extract fossil plant material from sediment;
Identify the fossils using reference materials;
Visually present data in a diagram;
Interpret the data and make reconstructions of past vegetation and environment.
Ability to use reference material to identify spores and pollen of a Quaternary site;
Ability to make a pollen-diagram;
Ability to interpret palynological data.
Ability to put your own results into context;
Ability to generate a manuscript that meets the scientific standards.
The course load will be distributed as follows:
Course schedule details can be found in the bachelor 3 time schedule.
Mode of instruction
Laboratory supervision and regular meetings to determine how the paper is developing.
A paper suitable for submission to an internationally refereed journal.
The paper should be submitted by 1 February 2013.
To be compiled by the students.
For more information about this course, please contact dr M.H. Field.