Module Identifier EAM0730  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Ann G Wintle  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr Geoff Duller, Dr Henry F Lamb, Dr John P Grattan  
Course delivery Lecture   8 Hours 8 x 2 hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   5 x 2 hours  
  Practical   Practicals / Field Days. 6 x 2 hours plus 2 days (x 8 hours) fieldwork  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester 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%
Supplementary 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). 

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to

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.

Reading Lists

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
Aitken, M J (1985) Thermoluminescence Dating Oxford University Press


This module is at CQFW Level 7