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Analysis of Artefacts - 10 credits (HS2320)

Scientific analysis forms an integral part of modern investigative conservation. Conservators are also consulted when sampling and analytical requests are made by archaeologists, scientists and collection curators. They should therefore have a basic knowledge of analytical techniques and their application to archaeological finds and works of art. This course outlines the principal methods applied to the analysis of artefacts and how they are applied to address different types of problem. It includes sampling requirements and techniques, capabilities in terms of accuracy, precision and sensitivity, and a comparison and critical assessment of the information gained from the different methods. This module is particularly suitable for students with an A-level in chemistry or physics.

Staff: Ian Freestone
Teaching: 10 lectures
Assessment: 1 piece of assessed coursework (50%) and 1 examination (50%)
Semester: Autumn