Course: Artefactual archaeology V - Metal

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Course title Artefactual archaeology V - Metal
Course code KHI/AAV
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Peška Jaroslav, doc. PhDr. PhD.
  • Golec Martin, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Zeman Tomáš, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Šlézar Pavel, PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Bartelheim Martin, prof. Dr.
  • Droberjar Eduard, doc. PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
Lectures: 1. and 2. (Bartelheim) Raw materials and their basic characteristics (gold, silver, and electron, copper, bronze and brass, iron, and other metals), mining and raw material extraction. Metal gaining - techniques of ore prospection, types and location of bearings, mining techniques, examples of prehistoric mines (the Alps, the Carpathians, Central Mountain, Aegean Region, Neer Orient), ore mining(copper, tin, gold, silver, iron). Economic and social aspects of the use of metals - production and distribution, the importance of metallurgy in prehistoric economy and society, the ecological consequences of ore mining, cultural history of mining and blacksmithing. 2. and 3. (Bartelheim) Basics of archeometalurgy, foundry , metallurgy, major major smitthing and jewelery techniques; archaeological evidence of processing of metal artifacts; archeometalografical exploration (RFA, INAA, AAS, LFK). Blacksmithing - production of metal, properties of various metals ( mainly in terms of hardness, processing, melting point and ability of casting), techniques of metallurgy, cases of prehistoric installation for the ore compaction (smelting furnaces, slag heaps , etc.) characteristic findings (stones, slags, etc.), cases of prehistoric occurence sites with evidence of metal production, characteristics of various montane regions. Processing of metals - techniques of metal processing, metal processing tools, context of occurence of prehistoric tools. Analytical techniques for metals (X-ray fluorescence, mass spectrometry, neutron activation, microscopy).

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training), Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming), Grafic and Art Activities
  • Attendace - 24 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
To make the students acquainted with the methods of metal working in the past and with the typology of the metal artefacts. The list of individual metal artifacts in particular archaeological cultures. Familiarization with draw documentation of metal artifacts. AD
Student knows the methods of metal working in the past and typology of the metal artifacts. He can select individual metal artifacts into adequate archaeological culture and to date them. AD
Basic knowledge of the prehistoric ages, protohistory and medieval ages. AD

Assessment methods and criteria
Didactic Test, Dialog

Presence in the lessons, fulfiling the assignements given. AD
Recommended literature
  • Bartelheim,M./Pernicka, E./Krause, R. (Hrsg.). (2002). Die Anfänge der Metallurgie in der Alten Welt (The Beginnings of Metallurgy in the Old World). Forschungen zur Archäometrie und Altertumswissenschaft 1. Rahden (Westf.).
  • Podborský, V. ed. (1993). Pravěké dějiny Moravy. Brno.
  • Sklenář, K. ? Lutovský, M. a kol. (1992). Archeologický slovník 2. Kovové artefakty 1.. Praha.

Study plans that include the course
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