The course is intended for those who are interested in archaeology and who want to apply geological knowledge to solve problems related to the development of human civilization.
In addition to the carrier the lectures will be also performed by guest lecturers – archaeologists and geologists dealing with nature-science approach in archaeology.
Introductory lectures will explain what archaeology and geoarchaeology are, and where and how geological knowledge can help in solving the problems. You will get familiar with a range of methods, which are used in scientific approach to archaeology – field survay and mapping, geophysical techniques, field sampling techniques of archaeological sediments and soils, analytical techniques for archaeological sediments, various techniques of age determination, methods for the analysis of the finds – instrumental analytical techniques and statistical methods used in geoarchaeology. Particular emphasis will be on the analysis of stone artefacts, ceramics and slags. You will connect your knowledge of mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry, GIS and Quaternary and learn how to effectivelly use it for interpretation of archaeological issues.
The practical part will cover the macroscopic determination of stone artefacts, microscopy of ceramics and slag, and drawing of geochemical maps.