Material Culture and Museum Studies
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- 24 Jul 2023
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On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to
- Understand ancient materials and the cultural contexts in which they were used. To examine the origin of materials and how things were made.
- Evaluate methodological and ethical issues associated with the role of Museums in the collection and exhibition of artifacts
- Acquire skills necessary for research analysis and interpretations. Conducting independent research and synthesize acquired knowledge.
- Deliver a power point oral presentation paper ( a “Conference Paper”) and communicate effectively with teaching staff and peers though class presentation.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:and
Pre-requisite: AHIX1250 and AHIX2251
No additional requirements
An advanced level study of some of the most common categories of material in the ancient world, including metals, stones, clay, animal and plant based fibers, timber and ivory, and various genres of materials production such as architecture, ceramics, sculpture, weaponry and equestrian equipment, with particular emphasis on technology, manufacture, function, style, iconography, chronology and spatial distribution. Material will normally be drawn from a diverse range of cultures, with specific physical examples from the collections of the Museum of Ancient Cultures, and may vary from year to year. Relying on this background, and in parallel, students will also be introduced to the history of museums and museum collections, the illicit trade of antiquities, the manufacture of forgeries, the participation of public museums and private collectors and related repercussions for the reconstruction of the historical record.
- Quiz on weekly lectures and set readings (40%)
- Media presentation (20%)
- Research Essay (40%)
Current study term: 23 Jul 23 to 05 Nov 23
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