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060069 UE Principles of archaeological stratigraphy (2019S)

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 40 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Termine: 14.03., 04.04., 11.04., 09.05., 23.05., 06.06.2019

Thursday 14.03. 08:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 7 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 3.OG
Thursday 04.04. 08:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 7 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 3.OG
Thursday 11.04. 08:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 7 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 3.OG
Thursday 09.05. 08:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 7 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 3.OG
Thursday 23.05. 08:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 7 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 3.OG
Thursday 06.06. 08:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 7 Franz-Klein-Gasse 1 3.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

Aims: Mastering of the principles of archaeological stratigraphy.
Content: 1. General Introduction into the theory of stratigraphy: Stratification, laws of stratigraphy, stratigraphic sequence, concept of stratigraphy in archaeology, units of stratification
2. Stratigraphic excavation: strategies and processes of excavation, documentation of stratigraphic excavations, compilation of a stratigraphic sequence (Harris Matrix), correlation of SUs, periodisation
3. Analysis: Analysis of excavations, non-historic aspects of finds, dating of finds and stratigraphic units, finds and the stratigraphic sequence
Methods: Lecture, discussion and practice

Assessment and permitted materials

Written test. Compilation of a stratigraphic sequence by means of the documentation of an excavation.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

No minimum requirements / evaluation of the capability to compile a stratigraphic sequence and to answer questions concerning stratigraphic theory and practice

Examination topics

Examination material is the complete content of the lecture

Reading list

Wird in der LV kommuniziert grundsätzlich aber:
Literatur Grundlage:
Edward C. Harris. Principles of archaeological stratigraphy. 2nd edition, London 1989.
Weitere Literatur:
Practices of archaeological stratigraphy. Edited by E.C. Harris, M.R. Brown III and Gregory Brown. Academic Press, London 1993.

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