University: University of Alexandria

Faculty: Faculty of Arts

Department: Department of Greek and Roman Archaeology and Studies, Museum Studies Program,

Course Description

                                                                              I. Basic Information

Course code:

Course Title: Introduction to Archaeology

Academic Program: Museum Studies, Obligatory course for students from different backgrounds other that Archaeology or History

Course Type:          Compulsory                                                    Elective

Hours/week: 3     theoretical:  2      practical:  2

Credit Hours: 3

                                                                                   II. Course Aims

1. Give the general knowledge about Archaeology in Different Civilizations which passed on Egypt since Dynastic to Islamic period.

1>  Intended Learning Outcomes

a. Knowledge and Understanding

After the course, students should be able to know:

·  Definition of Archaeology

·  Classification of different cultural regions

·  It provides the student with knowledge of the important historical periods and the associated social, economic and artistic patterns.

b. Intellectual Skills

After the course, students should be aware of:

·  How to recognize the different archaeological civilizations through its characteristics.

c. Professional Skills

·   The student will be able to trace and compare different concepts of various civilizations.

 

d. General & Transferable skills

·   The ability to understand and analyze works of art in their historical and social contexts.

·   It helps the student to develop his own skills of dating artifacts.

1. Course Contents

Topics covered by this course include:

What is Archaeology? The framework of the archaeological work. Pioneers in archaeology: The History of the discipline, Basic categories of archaeological evidences. Social archaeology and the classification of ancient societies. Cognitive archaeology: Art and religion. Identification of symbols of values and powers. The second part is exploring the variety of ancient human experiences. It is divided into six chapters. Ethics in archaeology. Archaeological indicators of Rituals. The work of the sculptor. Art and myth. Archaeology in action / Simulation: the Melos Project. Interpretation and explanations in archaeology (How to be constructive). It ends at an idea about Archaeology in actionto help the students to know the application of the different theories of archaeological studies in simulation projects.

2. Teaching and Learning Methods

·  A series of digital documents and Internet links form a basic essential toolbox for Museum curators and managers.

·  Documents: portfolio containing papers of various authors dedicated to the topics of the Course.

-   Museography case studies.

3. Teaching and Learning Methods for Students of Limited Capabilities

-   Additional lectures if needed.

-   Analyzing case studies

-   5-10 m. revision of previous topics in the beginning of each lecture.

-   Discussions.

-   Individual activities to get students' feedback.

-   Group researches and presentations.

-   Distributing handouts of lecture content at the end of each lecture.

4. Students Assessment

a. Assessment methods

Student presentations and reports

b. Assessment schedule and weight

Assessment

week

% of total mark

Presentation by the students

5

15%

Report a visit to Archaeological sites

8

25%

Final Exam

15

60%

5. List of References

  1. Core readings:

A., Wilson, Archaeology as a Tool in Humanistic and Social Studies, London, 1962.

G. Daniel, History of Archaeology, London, 1981.

K. W., Butzer, Environment and Archaeology, London, 1972.

A., Marshaek, The Roots of Civilizations, London, 1972.

S. S., Linbery, Science and Archaeology, London, 1975.

J. W., Micheles, Dating Method in Archaeology, New York, 1973.

El Daly, O. 2003: What do tourists learn of Egypt?, in S. McDonald, M. Rice (eds), Consuming Ancient Egypt, London, Institute of Archaeology, University College, 139-150.

  1. Suggested readings:

 

c. Periodicals, websites, etc.

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6. Course Matrix for Achievement of Intended Learning Outcomes

Topic

week

Knowledge & Understanding

Intellectual Skills

Professional Skills

General & Transferable Skills

Definitions of Archaeology

1

X

 

 

 

Environmental Archaeology

2

 

 

X

 

Religious Archaeology

3

X

 

 

X

The most famous scientists in the field

4

X

 

 

X

The scientific methodology in studying Archaeology

5

 

X

X

 

Role of Archaeology for different Civilizations

6

 

X

X

X

Tools for dating the archaeological artifacts

7

X

 

 

X

The interpretations of the Archaeological Objects

8

 

 

 

X

How to reveal the hidden heritage

9

 

X

 

X

Presentations by the Students

10

 

X

 

 

Archaeological sites Visit

11

 

X

X

X

Scientific methods in Excavations

12

X

 

 

 

The Relation between Archaeology and the other sciences 1

13

 

X

X

X

The Relation between Archaeology and the other sciences 2

14

 

X

X

X

Final Exam

15