Universität Wien FIND

060067 SE Behavioral Geoarchaeology (2019W)

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max. 10 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 01.10. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum 13 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 4.OG
Tuesday 08.10. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum 13 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 4.OG
Tuesday 15.10. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum 13 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 4.OG
Tuesday 22.10. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum 13 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 4.OG
Tuesday 29.10. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum 13 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 4.OG
Tuesday 05.11. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum 13 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 4.OG
Tuesday 12.11. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum 13 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 4.OG
Tuesday 19.11. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum 13 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 4.OG
Tuesday 26.11. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum 13 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 4.OG
Tuesday 03.12. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum 13 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 4.OG
Tuesday 17.12. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum 13 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 4.OG
Tuesday 07.01. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum 13 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 4.OG
Tuesday 14.01. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum 13 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 4.OG
Tuesday 21.01. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum 13 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 4.OG
Tuesday 28.01. 08:30 - 10:00 Seminarraum 13 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 4.OG

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Summary
Behavioral geoarchaeology is the use of geoarchaeological methods to investigate and reconstruct past human behavior. Behavioral archaeology explores the interactions that take place between people and materials. By analyzing soils, sediments, stratigraphy, and landforms, we can interpret human interactions with the geosphere. This includes both the material analysis of sediments and other material, as well as assessing the 'performance characteristics' of landforms and other landscape contexts (e.g. sea-scapes, rivers, cities, etc.).

In this seminar, students will explore the uses of geoarchaeology to understand human behavior in the past. Basic concepts and methods in geoarchaeology will be briefly reviewed prior knowledge of geoarchaeological concepts and methods is strongly recommended. Behavioral archaeology will be introduced and discussed in greater detail. Using case study examples of research into archaeological soils, sediments, stratigraphy, and landforms, we will examine the possible results or interpretations that can be derived with life history approaches, behavioral chains analysis, performance characteristics, and anthropogenic formation processes. Students will research topics such as site formation and disturbance, households and activity areas, waste disposal, regional exchange, monumental architecture, or ritual spaces, among others.

Students will be expected to:
- Select an individual topic of research from criteria provided by the instructors
- Perform independent research on the selected topic
- Produce an Outline and Reading List of their research topic by Workshop 1
- Produce an Introductory chapter of their research topic by Workshop 2
- Give a presentation on the selected topic of research
- Write a final paper on the selected topic of research

Methods
Participation in lectures, discussions and workshops, critical study of literature, and independent development of research.

Assessment and permitted materials

Seminar will be entirely in English

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Participation and Completion of Assignments: 40%
Individual Presentation (20 minutes): 20%
Individual Written Assignment (ca. 5000 words, 10 pages): 40%

Examination topics

Reading list

Required readings for the course will come from journal articles and book chapters. In addition, you might find the following books useful:
- Goldberg, P. & Macphail, R. I. 2006. Practical and Theoretical Geoarchaeology, Oxford, Blackwell.
- Schiffer, M. B. 1987. Formation Processes of the Archaeological Record, Albuquerque, University of New Mexico.
- Schiffer, M. B. 2010. Behavioral Archaeology: Principles and Practice, London, Equinox.

Association in the course directory

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