Admission to an MSc programme in Archaeology.
This course will focus on the following dating methods:
Radiometric dating: radiocarbon including advanced applications (statistical analysis, reservoir effects), proper assessment of the data obtained.
Luminescence dating: TL, OSL.
Geology: K/Ar, U-series isotopes, ESR relevant for archaeology.
Chemical methods: racemisation, stratigraphies (magnetic, tephra, ice, marine stages).
Dating Pleistocene sites.
1) C14: natural radioactivity, dating principle, C14 timescale, isotope effects, calibration.
2) C14: statistics, wiggle matching, Bayesian analysis, applications in archaeology.
3) C14: reservoir-effects & stable isotopes, C14 for the archaeologist (“what’s in a date?”).
4) TL, OSL (guest lecture by J. Wallinga).
5) isotope geology relevant for archaeology: dating by U-series, K/Ar, ESR.
6) chemical methods and biostratigraphy: racemisation, palynology, isotope stages (lecture by T. van Kolfschoten).
7) dating Pleistocene sites (Boxgrove, Happisburgh, Schöningen, Dmanisi, etc.)
- Advanced knowledge of dating based on scientific methods;
- Ability to assess chronological inference in archaeological research questions.
The course load will be distributed as follows:
- 7×2 hours of lectures;
- 420 pages of literature.
Course schedule details can be found in the MA time schedule.
Mode of instruction
- Discussion session.
Essays; one about a specific dating method, the other about a relevant case study.
The essays need to be completed within 1 month after the last class.
Exam dates and assessment deadlines can be found in the examination schedule
- M. Walker, Quaternary Dating Methods.
For more information about this course, please contact prof.dr.ir. J. van der Plicht.