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This MA critically discusses the changing role of 'finds specialists' and provides training in the study and interpretation of artefacts from archaeological sites and museum collections. Students benefit from a placement within a museum or an archaeological unit where experience will be gained in the practice of finds analysis. What and how will I learn? Students are introduced to the skills of finds specialists, practical issues of artefact study, and debates about the collection, interpretation, reporting and curation of archaeological materials. They develop the ability to evaluate different approaches to artefact studies and undertake the analysis and reporting of an artefact assemblage of specific materials. Degree Structure Students undertake courses to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of one core course (40 credits), four optional courses (80 credits), a work placement and a research project (60 credits). Core Modules Approaches to Artefact Studies Dissertationreport The 10,000 word dissertation combines a professional standard finds report with an academic overview, using results of the analysis undertaken during the placement. Options Interpreting Pottery Archaeological Computing and Statistics Archaeological Ceramics and Plaster Archaeological Glass and Glazes Archaeometallurgy I: Mining and Extractive Metallurgy Archaeometallurgy 2: Metallic Artefacts Art: Interpretation and Explanation Coins and the Archaeologist Digitisation and Museums Issues in Conservation: Understanding Objects Lithic Analysis Further details available on subject website: http:www.ucl.ac.ukarchaeologymasterssummaryma-artefact.htm The programme is delivered through formal lectures, seminars, practical sessions and field visits. It includes a placement at a relevant museum or archaeological unit where students gain experience in the practical study and the recording of an artefact assemblage. Assessment is through essays, project reports and the dissertation. Why should I study this degree at UCL? The UCL Institute of Archaeology is the largest and most diverse department of archaeology in the UK, and provides a stimulating environment for postgraduate study. Its outstanding archaeological library is complemented by UCL's main library, University of London Senate House and other specialist libraries. UCL is located in central London, within walking distance to the British Museum and the British Library. UCL's own museums and collections form a resource of international importance for academic research. Past students on this programme have made effective use of the resources at the British Museum's Centre for Anthropology and the Museum of London. Your future career Some recent graduates of the programme have gone on to PhD studies while others have pursued an incredibly wide range of professional careers both within and beyond archaeology. Destinations of recent graduates include: Artefact studies within archaeology units (both in the UK and abroad) Artefact studies within research projects (both in the UK and abroad) Freelance artefact studies (pottery, leather) Museum Curators (abroad) PhD studies at UCL, and other universities both in the UK and abroad Entry Requirements A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. How to apply Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines. Who can apply? The programme is particularly suitable for graduates with a first degree in archaeology, anthropology or history, who wish to develop their skills in the study and interpretation of artefacts from archaeological sites and museum collections, with a view to further research or a career in this field. Funding UK and EU students are eligible to apply for Arts and Humanities Research C
This MA critically discusses the changing role of 'finds specialists' and provides training in the study and interpretation of artefacts from archaeological sites and museum collections. Students benefit from a placement within a museum or an archaeological unit where experience will be gained in the practice of finds analysis. What and how will I learn? Students are introduced to the skills of finds specialists, practical issues of artefact study, and debates about the collection, interpr...