Module Identifier EAM0730  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Professor Ann Wintle  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr Geoff Duller, Dr Henry Lamb, Dr John Grattan  
Course delivery Lecture   8 Hours 8 x 2 hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   5 x 2 hours  
  Practicals / Field Days   6 x 2 hours plus 2 days (x 8 hours) fieldwork  
Assessment Course work   Essay on topic which integrates past records of environmental change (15%); Project on use of radiocarbon dates to provide a chronology (10%); Laboratory report on luminescence dating procedures (10%); Report on environmental reconstruction using lake sediments (20%); Report using geoarchaeological data sets (20%); Report on 2 day field trip (20%); Seminar presentations (10%)   100%  
  Resit assessment   Failed reports and essays can be resubmitted to the IGES office on or before the first day of the summer resit period (normally mid-August).    

Brief description
Students will be given an overview of current research in Quaternary Science. The module will focus on equipping students with the skills needed to : assess the reliability of luminescence and radiocarbon dates, to take and analyse lake cores of palaeoenvironmental reconstruction and to interpret geoarchaeological data sets.

The students will learn to carry out independent research projects, both for academic research or for contract environmental applications. Emphasis will be placed on the production of written assignments.
Fieldwork in South Wales will involve the collection of Late Glacial/Holocene lake cores for palaeolimnological analysis and coastal sediments for luminescence dating studies.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will be able to

Reading Lists
Aitken, M J. (1985) Thermoluminescence Dating. Oxford University Press
Aitken, M J. (1998) An Introduction to Optical Dating. Oxford University Press
Taylor, R E. (1987) Radiocarbon Dating. Academic Press
Taylor, R E & Aitken, M J. (1997) Chronometric Dating in Archaeology. Plenum Press
Lowe, J J & Walker, M J C. (1997) Reconstructing Quaternary Environments. 2nd. Longman