|| EAM0730 |
|| RECONSTRUCTING PAST ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE |
|| 2003/2004 |
|| Ann G Wintle |
|| Semester 2 |
|| 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 Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|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).|| |
On completion of this module, students will be able to
relate current climate change concerns in the context of climate change in the last 2.4 Ma
select the most appropriate dating techniques for research projects, and make scientific judgements on the validity of dates obtained
develop individual research plans in specific areas of Quaternary research.
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.
Aitken, M J (1998) An Introduction to Optical Dating
Oxford University Press
Taylor, R E (1987) Radiocarbon Dating
Taylor, R E & Aitken, M J (1997) Chronometric Dating in Archaeology
Lowe, J J & Walker, M J C (1997) Reconstructing Quaternary Environments
Aitken, M J (1985) Thermoluminescence Dating
Oxford University Press
This module is at CQFW Level 7