The BSc and BA Archaeology Honours degree comprises a research project, two compulsory courses and two elective courses. A student may select any two of the four elective courses on offer.
Compulsory course – Full year
ARCL4025A Research Project: Archaeology NQF credits: 40, NNQF Credit 8, Full-year
A research report on an approved module in Archaeology.
Compulsory course Q1
ARCL4027A Theory of Archaeology NQF credits 20 NNQF Credit 8, Quarter 1
Changing paradigms in archaeology from the old, or traditional (based on narrow inductivism), to new, or processual (based on hypothetic-deductivism), to post- processual approaches (embracing post-modernism, Marxism and cognitive archaeology).
Elective courses Q2 choose ONE of the below courses:
ARCL4022A Archaeology of the last 2000 years NQF credits 20 NNQF Credit 8, Quarter 2, Prof. Alex Schoeman
In this course we examine the archaeology of hunter-gatherer and farming communities who lived in southern Africa during the last two thousand years. Students will be exposed to the major debates regarding the Later Stone Age of southern Africa during the last 2000 years, as well as the occupation of Southern Africa by Farming Communities; these have a bearing on the end of the hunting and gathering way of life, the origins of livestock herding and crop farming, and the formation of modern cultural identities in the sub-continent.
ARCL4018A Archaeometry NQF credits 20 NNQF Credit 8, Quarter 2, Dr Stephen Woodborne
This course will present the theory of radiocarbon dating and help to produce a generation of users who understand the sampling requirements, sample preparation and analysis, and interpretation of radiocarbon dates. The importance of calibration and the limitations presented by multiple intercepts will be emphasised. The importance of radiocarbon fluctuations through time, which is the basis of the calibration of radiocarbon dates, in respect of Earth System Science and elucidating global carbon dynamics will be presented. The course will comprise a theoretical component (lectures), a technical visit to the Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) facility at iThemba laboratories, and the possibility the preparation and analysis of their own samples.
Compulsory course Q3
ARCL4016A Archaeology in the Field / Laboratory NQF credits 20 NNQF Credit 8, Quarter 3, Dr Dominic Stratford
At least 30 days of intensive excavation, basic field techniques of recording, curation or analysis and associated laboratory work including faunal analysis and rock art recording.
Elective courses Q4: choose ONE of the below courses:
ARCL4026A Stone Age Archaeology NQF credits 20 NNQF Credit 8, Quarter 4, Prof. Sarah Wurz
Stone Age tool technology is the primary surviving evidence through which ancient thought processes can be investigated. Lithic tools present the end product of extended cognitive and behavioural chains that include raw material selection, reduction methods and putting the final end products to various uses. Lithics have been used to butcher fauna, process shellfish and plant material and as hafted projectile weapons. It has also been used for procedures that might have carried more symbolic weight, including engraving stone, ochre, bone and ostrich eggshell. In this course the complete life history of a selected stone tool type and its cognitive implications is focused upon. The extended sequences of actions involved in producing and applying the specific stone tool type will be examined using the reduction sequence approach, cognigrams and cognitive psychology literature.
ARCL4023A Rock Art Management NQF credits 20 NNQF Credit 8, Quarter 4, Dr Catherine Namono
Intellectual and practical challenges in the management of rock art, including audience, the role of conservation, rights of access, traditional cultural practices, site display, technical aspects of recording, conservation and control of human agency, development and implementation of management plans.