AEA_26 Documentation Techniques

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
1/2/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Soňa Plchová (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. Mgr. Jiří Macháček, Ph.D.
Department of Archaeology and Museology - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Šibíčková
Supplier department: Department of Archaeology and Museology - Faculty of Arts
Timetable of Seminar Groups
AEA_26/01: Tue 11:00–13:40 T227, S. Plchová
AEA_26/02: Fri 9:00–11:40 T227, S. Plchová
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 20 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 6/20, only registered: 0/20, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/20
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
there are 18 fields of study the course is directly associated with, display
Course objectives
Course abstract (in English):
The course „Documentation Techniques“ explains general principles and standards of drawing documentation of archaeological finds (artefacts) for archaeological reports and publications.
Students can find many study materials and additional information in supportive e-learning course.
In practical teaching, the emphasis is primarily on technical mastery of drawing documentation. Students practise drawing artefacts made of different materials (especially ceramic, stone, metal objects, eventually glass and organic materials).
At the end of this course, students should be able to draw a documentary illustration of an archaeological artefact and make a final table of drawings, correctly prepared to publication.
  • Course syllabus (in English):
  • 1. Informations about the course (Completion requirements, needed drawing materials). General principles and standards of archaeological finds illustration. Picture presentation (PowerPoint). Important terms: views, sections, measure scale.
  • 2. Illustrations of whole ceramic vessels I: simple cylindrical shapes symmetric about a vertical axis
  • 3. Illustrations of ceramic vessels: rim and base sherds.
  • 4. Illustrations of ceramic vessels and sherds – various types of decoration
  • 5. Illustrations of of ceramic vessels or fargments with handles.
  • 6. Reconstructions of ceramic vessels – a) reconstruction of the shape, b) reconstruction of the decoration
  • 7. Illustrations of whole ceramic vessels II - deformed shapes (asymmetric), more complicated shapes or decoration. Drawing of large artefacts – reduced measure.
  • 8. Illustrations of stone artefacts: polished axe How make a final table of drawings, prepared to publication. (Cuting and mounting drawings or using scanner and PC – graphic programs).
  • 9. Illustrations of metal artefacts: iron
  • 10. Illustrations of metal artefacts: bronze and precious metals
  • 11. Illustrations of flint stone artefacts (Mgr. et Mgr. Ludmila Kaňáková Hladíková Ph.D.).
  • 12. Brief introduction to ways of documenting the artefacts of other materials (organic materials - bone, wood).
  • Spindle whorls and clay figurines. 13. Brief introduction to ways of documenting the glass artefacts
  • 14. Completion of the course – delivering a final table of drawings. Credits.
    required literature
  • e-skripta PLCHOVÁ, S.: Kresebná dokumentace archeologických artefaktů: Pravidla a zásady. Metody a postupy - dostupno v kurzu e-learningové podpory k předmětu AEA_26 Dokumentační techniky (2015)
    recommended literature
  • GAWRYSIAK-LESZCYŃSKA, Wiesława. Jak rysować zabytki archeologiczne : podstawowe zasady dokumentacji. Edited by Danuta Jaskanis. Gąsava: Biskupin, 2003. 195 s. ISBN 839154902X. info
  • GRIFFITHS, N. – JENNER, A. – WILSON, Ch.: Drawing Archaeological Finds. A Handbook. Salisbury 1990.
  • ADKINS, L. – ADKINS, R. A.: Archaeological Illustration. Cambridge 1989 (2009)
  • NERUDOVÁ, Z.: Způsoby dokumentace štípané industrie, SPFFBU M 8-9 (2003-2004), s. 53-64.
Teaching methods
Work with archeological material, practical excercises - general principles and standards of drawing documentation of archaeological finds (artefacts)
E-learning support
Students can find many study materials and additional information in this supportive e-learning course. There are also detailed photo- and video manuals (tutorials) of procedures and methods of drawing documentation for different types of archaeological artefacts.
Assessment methods
Type of teaching and completion. Completion requirements. (in English):
Class exercises, credit.
Completion requirements –
be engaged in lessons
create a final table of drawings
(Ceramic artefacts - at least 4 drawings: a sherd, decorations and handles, a reconstruction, a whole vessel, a large vessel – reduced size; stone artefacts – at least 1 drawing: polished axe; metal artefacts – at least 3 drawings: iron and bronze artefacts)
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
Information on completion of the course: Informace ke způsobu ukončení viz sylabus.
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 1999, Autumn 2001, Spring 2003, Autumn 2003, Spring 2004, Autumn 2004, Spring 2005, Autumn 2005, Spring 2006, Autumn 2006, Spring 2007, Autumn 2007, Spring 2008, Autumn 2008, Spring 2009, Autumn 2009, Spring 2010, Autumn 2010, Spring 2011, Autumn 2011, Spring 2012, Autumn 2012, Spring 2013, Autumn 2013, Spring 2014, Autumn 2014, Spring 2015, Autumn 2015, Spring 2016, Autumn 2016, Spring 2017, Autumn 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Autumn 2019, Spring 2020.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2018, recent)
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