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- 27 Jul 2020
This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- Outline the historical development and approaches to landscape archaeology
- Recognise and analyse the evidence, material, scientific and documentary, used by landscape archaeologists
- Interpret human behaviour across space at a variety of scales, developing an awareness of how societies interact with their environment
- Appreciate and explain the ethical and legal frameworks surrounding field archaeological research and cultural heritage management
- Work individually and in teams to create oral and written arguments suited to different audiences
- 1.Introduction to Landscape Archaeology, Humans vs the Earth
- 2.Human and Bio-geography. Depth and scales of human impact.
- 3.Welcome to the field: how all archaeological survey should start.
- 4.Sediments and Stratigraphy: Understanding the formation and preservation of archaeological site
- 5.Modern non-invasive survey techniques: using Google Earth, GIS and LiDAR
- 6.Remote sensing. Geophysics in Archaeology
- 7.Endangered Landscapes
- 8.Seascapes and coastscapes. Introduction to Maritime Archaeology
- 9.Maritime cultural landscapes of Australia
- 10.Palaeoenvironment and palaeoclimate as key to cultural landscapes reconstruction.
- 11.Who owns the past? Issues of ownership and politics in archaeology
- 13.Geoarchaeological cases-studies
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
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Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This unit introduces students to the theoretical issues, techniques and approaches that comprise landscape archaeology. The concepts of environment, ecosystem, and cultural landscape will be discussed.Students will reflect on how human societies have interacted with natural environments in the past and explore the limits of archaeological evidence on this topic. Social aspects of landscape will be discussed in a series of case studies on inequality, power relations, and social complexity. Students will learn to articulate research questions pertaining to archaeological change in space and time, investigate and analyse spatial patterns and assess human impact on the landscape. The methods introduced in the unit include remote sensing, paleo-environmental studies, geoarchaeology, predictive modelling, multi-scalar analysis, and settlement patterns analysis. The course will incorporate a critical review of the methods frequently used in landscape archaeology such as surface survey.
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