Students are introduced to the skills of finds specialists. They develop the ability to identify, describe, document, catalogue and analyse artefacts and artefact assemblages. Subjects covered include the description of ceramic, lithic and metal objects. In practical sessions, we cover drawing, photography and work with databases. Many sessions make use of the institute's extensive collections. The programme will also raise awareness of different approaches to artefact analysis and introduce recent discussions on the subject.
The Artefact Studies degree is tailored to give graduates a solid grounding in systematically recording and documenting artefacts as well as analysing artefact assemblage. They will also have a basic understanding of creating graphs and diagrams, and analysing and assembling finds-catalogues. Without concentrating on any specific epoch, we give students the tools for understanding and systematically analysing any type of archaeological artefact assemblages.
Some recent graduates of the programme at University College London (UCL) have gone on to artefact based PhD studies while others have pursued a very wide range of professional careers both within and beyond archaeology. The main career paths are working as finds assistants, museum curators or working in the antiquities service (PAS), recording and analysing finds.
- We will focus on the practicalities of working with artefacts and assemblages and cover the sequence from excavation to cleaning, labelling, documenting, cataloguing and finally publishing and archiving artefacts.
- We will also discuss practical issues in the professional study of artefacts and major theoretical debates about the collection, interpretation, reporting and curation of archaeological materials.
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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- We recommend you apply as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it's full or by 30 June.
DisciplinesArchaeology History Museum Studies View 152 other Masters in Archaeology in United Kingdom
- A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
International26600 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 26600 GBP per year during 12 months.
National12900 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 12900 GBP per year during 12 months.
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