Course: State Exam in Archaeology

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Course title State Exam in Archaeology
Course code KHI/SZZG
Organizational form of instruction no contact
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 0
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
  • Kalábková Pavlína, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Peška Jaroslav, doc. PhDr. PhD.
  • Unger Josef, prof. PhDr. CSc.
  • Droberjar Eduard, doc. PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Miller Jaroslav, prof. Mgr. M.A., Ph.D.
Course content
1. A ) Archaeology as a science ? subject and object of study, position in the fields of scientific disciplines, connected and ultimate disciplines , interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary cooperation. B ) Methods of laboratory processing of archaeological material. Characteristics of organic and anorganic materials in archeology. Methods of preservation of individual materials (clay, ceramic , stone, metal, bone, wood, textiles, leather, glass ?) . C ) The material content of the Palaeolithic age D ) Settlement areas ? types of settlements and their characteristics, environmental conditions , density ? . 2. A) Definition of archaeological terms and terminology, types of archaeological sources, their characteristics, their content and grading. B) The methodology of field survey (prospecting) ? surface collection, the visual exploration, sampling techniques, archeo-geophysical methods, aerial archeology ad. Surveying of locations, GIS. C) The material content of the Neolithic period D) Houses ? different types of dwellings, their constructions, usage ? 3. A) The principles of periodization and chronology, periodization criteria, types of periodization . Typology ? Its principles, results, criticism and possibles of current use. Comparative methods in archeology, the principles of analogy, of ethnographic parallels. Experimental archaeology. B) Methods of field research ? ways of reveals, preparation of archaeological objects and their documentation; destructive and non-destructive methods when conducting the research; stratigraphy, stratigraphic units. C) The material content of Eneolith D) Settlement objects? different types of housing objects, their characteristics, examples? 4. A) Dating method - absolute and relative chronology. Contemporary scientific and technical methods of absolute chronology (radiometry, paleomagnetism, thermoluminescence, dendrochronology, pollen spectrum method ?). B) Methods of excavating of monuments on archaeological sites. Methods of basic treatment of archaeological material in the field research, excavating an object in in situ, sampling, the use of chemical products in the field, laktoprofiles. C) The material content of the Early and Middle Bronze Age D) Fortifications ? development, characteristics, examples? 5. A) Outline of the development of archaeological methods and history of the research. B) The types of materials and their preparation for archaeological exploration and research. The procedure for the preparation of an archaeological research, practical advice during its actual implementation. Individual types documentation of archaeological research , preparation for finding a message and finding ways of drawing up the report. C) The material content of the Urn-Fields period and Hallstatt D) burial grounds ? types of burial fields, burials in settlements? 6. A) Structure of Czech and Moravian Archaeology - types of organizations operating in the domestic archeology, current role and hierarchy of archaeological institutions, communication between institutions, the role of archaeological institutions. Current archaeological periodicals. B) Archaeology in the current heritage preservation ? current legislation, methodology and mode of protection of archaeological heritage; SAS Czech Republic , ADC and other information databases for evidence of archaeological sites. C) The material content of La Téne D) The burial rite ? development of a funeral rite with specific examples, preparation of graves ?

Learning activities and teaching methods
  • Preparation for the Exam - 240 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Final State Examination from Archeology examines the gained knowledgefrom courses: Introduction to the study of archeology, Theory of archaeological research; Archaeological heritage and Museum archeology; Paleolithic and Mesolithic, Neolithic and Eneolithic, Bronze Age and Hallstatt; Protohistory; Slavonic and Medieval archeology. For single-subject students even knowledge of Ancient History, History of the Middle Ages and Early Modern History). AD
State Exam in Archaeology One of the prerequisites for obtaining a bachelor's degree. AD
Successful completion of the entire study. AD

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam

Active presence at the exam. AD
Recommended literature
  • Není doporučená literatura. .

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