ARH 312Y Syllabus

Second Term

 Archaeological Laboratory

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10 January


Pottery Technology

Read: Chap. 9

 Pottery Bibliography  Ashmolean Potweb
Sassaman @ UFL


17 January


Observing and Analysing Pottery

Lab 4 due: Classification

Read: Chap. 9

 Ashmolean PotWeb ABCs  Atlas of Roman Pottery
Crow Canyon Pottery Gordion Pottery Field Analysis
NE Pottery Attributes Spoilheap Pottery


24 January


Decorative Style on Pottery

Read: Chaps. 9, 3 (pp. 57-62).

Systematics in Prehistory

Dunnell classification

  31 January Stratigraphy



Chapter 13

Sites: ArchEd, Harris Matrix, StratiGraf 2.0, Unitary Association Method, Stratify 1.3

  7 February Zooarchaeology

Chapter 10

Sites: Zooarchaeology Home Page, Zooarchaeology Information and Resources,

  14 February Plant Remains

Read chapter 11

Sites: Archaeologic Archaeobotany, Archaeological Charcoal

  21 February Reading Week - No Class
28 February  Seriation

Lab 5 due: Stratigraphy

Read chapter 14

Sites: Bayesian seriation, Consecutive Ones Problem

Texas Seriation Lab, Unitary Association Method

For further reading:

C. E. Buck and S. J. Sahu (2000) Bayesian models for relative, archaeological chronology building, Applied Statistics 49: 423-440.

Marquardt, W. H. (1978) Advances in Archaeological Seriation. Advances in Archaeological Method and Theory 1: 257-314.

O'Brien, M. J., and Lyman, R. L (1999). Seriation, Stratigraphy, and Index Fossils. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishing, New York.

  7 March Interpreting Radiocarbon Dates

Please go to the BCal web site and, at a minimum, click on the "information" heading, and read its "introduction for new users." To use BCal to calibrate dates, you need to register to open an account (it's free). Using the tutorial is a good idea.

Intelligent, informed use of radiocarbon dates is extremely important. In this class you'll learn how to interpret sets of radiocarbon dates through modelling. BCal provides sophisticated tools for doing this, right on the web.

Read chapter 15

Sites: BCal: Bayesian Radiocarbon Analysis, OxCal Software for Radiocarbon Dating, IsoTrace Lab, CALIB,


14 March


Chapter 12

Sites: Edinburgh Geoarchaeology, Soils Recording Chart


21 March

Spatial Analysis
   Lab Unfortunately, I had to cancel this class. Although you weren't able to do the lab, please read the text in the link that follows.

Read: Banning (n.d.): (the unpublished chapter)


28 March

Archaeological Illustration and Publishing

Lab 6: Radiocarbon Dating lab's deadline extended by one week to 4 April

Read: Chapter 16

Sites: Association of Archaeological Illustrators and Surveyors, Roman Glass Illustration, Instructions for Graphics in Jn. of Field Archaeology


Addington, L. R. (1986). Lithic Illustration: Drawing Flaked Stone Artifacts for Publication. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Adkins, L. and Adkins, R.A. (1989). Archaeological Illustration. Cambridge

Goddard, S., Knight, D. and Rouillard, S. (1997). Aspects of Illustration: Prehistoric Pottery. AAI&S Technical Paper 13.

Green, C. (n.d.). Drawing Ancient Pottery for Publication. AAI&S Technical Paper 3.

Griffiths, N., Jenner, A. and Wilson, C. (1990). Drawing Archaeological Finds: a Handbook. Archetype, London.

Holliday, J. S. (1976). A technical aid to pottery drawing. Antiquity 50: 223-229.

Philo, C. and Swann, A. 1992: Preparation of Artwork for Publication. IFA Technical Paper no. 10.

Piggott, S. (1965). Archaeological Draughtsmanship: principles and practice. Part I: principles and retrospect, Antiquity 39:165-76.

Piggott, S. (1978). Antiquity Depicted: Aspects of Archaeological Illustration. London.


4 April

Review for Final Test

Lab 6 due: Radiocarbon Dating lab extended to today


11 April

Final Test

Last Update 26 March 2007

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