Palynology or 'pollen analysis' is a robust technique for reconstructing former vegetation composition and different types of human land use (e.g.grazing, agriculture, woodland management) by using microfossils (pollen grains and spores) that have been preserved in sediments.Archaeology can be considered both a social science and a branch of the humanities.while in Europe archaeology is often viewed as either a discipline in its own right or a sub-field of other disciplines.In relative dating, the temporal order of a sequence of events is determined, allowing the investigator to surmise whether a particular object or event is older or younger than, or occurred before or after, another object or event.In absolute or chronometric dating, the investigator establishes the age of an object or event in calendar years.We will discuss common perceptions about these periods, as well as looking at what archaeology can tell us about the lives of prehistoric people.
Archaeology as a field is distinct from the discipline of palaeontology, the study of fossil remains.If you would like us to email you when our archaeology courses are open for registrations, please email us at [email protected] If you are interested in this course, and you would like to be notified when registration opens for the next cohort, please email us at [email protected] this course you will explore the archaeology of Britain in the period c.1066-1600, focussing chiefly on England and Wales, but with occasional reference to Scotland and Ireland.The course takes a necessarily broad approach to the archaeology of the period. If you are interested in this course, and you would like to be notified when registration opens for the next cohort, please email us at [email protected] If you are interested in this course, and you would like to be notified when registration opens for the next cohort, please email us at [email protected] the treatment of excavated data will form an important component of the syllabus, other types of evidence will also be considered. You will see many examples of the application of these techniques in archaeology today, from the scientific sourcing of the Stonehenge bluestones, to the treatment of the waterlogged wood of the Norfolk 'woodhenge'. This course will teach you about Britain in prehistoric times, from the time of Mesolithic hunter-gatherers, through the Neolithic, Bronze, and Iron Ages, concluding with the invasion of the Roman Empire.