This archaeology module aims to provide an introductory overview of some of the core concepts and debates of current archaeology, with a focus on the so-called non-destructive approach of the discipline. Traditionally, archaeologists are known for excavating sites, but today the focus has broadened towards a wide range of non-site evidence that also provides important information on the past.
Students will explore different methods and technologies (e.g. archaeological surface surveys, aerial photography, satellite images, ground-based remote sensing methods) to trace the archaeological features of the landscape, and will learn the ways diverse disciplines (e.g. history, geology, biology) are involved in the archaeological research of the human- environment interaction. After a basic introduction to theory and methods, the module will cover issues like settlement areas, road network, and different ways of exploitation of the landscape by discussing archaeological case studies, and by going on fieldtrips. The module is therefore also useful for students interested in history or environmental studies.