Prerequisites and restrictions
This course is an introduction in the rudiments of environment-construction, in which attention will be paid to the factors climate, substrate, vegetation and fauna. It also provides an introduction in several basic definitions of the ecology, in which amongst others the terms habitat, niche and territory will be treated, as well as their application in archaeology.
To introduce the discipline of ecology including basic terminology and concepts;
To examine theories that explain how climate has, is and will continue to fluctuate;
To gain knowledge of the methods and techniques used to reconstruct palaeo-environment including palaeo-climate;
To investigate deep-sea, ice-core and terrestrial records for evidence of past environmental and climatic change;
To look at how environmental and climatic change has influenced Man’s activity in the past;
To apply what has been introduced in an archaeological setting with a case-study;
To think about how Man’s activity will alter climate in the future.
Mode of delivery
J.J. Lowe & M.J.C. Walker, Reconstructing Quaternary Environments. ISBN 978 0582 10166 1.