AEB_A01 Introduction to the Study of Archaeology

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Klára Šabatová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Petr Dresler, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Martin Hložek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Petr Hrubý, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. Mgr. Jiří Macháček, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Renáta Přichystalová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Klára Šabatová, Ph.D.
Department of Archaeology and Museology - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Šibíčková
Supplier department: Department of Archaeology and Museology - Faculty of Arts
Mon 10:00–11:40 T209
Prerequisites (in Czech)
Povinný předmět, který má student absolvovat v prvním semestru studia.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
there are 13 fields of study the course is directly associated with, display
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to familiarize the students with archaeological sources, basic terminology, archaeological methodology and systematic. The history and organisation of archaeology, the bibliography and ethics of the discipline are presented in general outline.
Learning outcomes
After completion of the course, student will be able to:
- use the basic archaeological terminology;
- identify the main, auxiliary and related branches of the discipline and types of archaeological sources; - orient oneself in basic methods and history of archaeology;
- find basic specialized literature and use basic citation standards;
- describe the basic ethical principles of the discipline.
  • 1. Subject and object of the studies. Position of archaeology in the system of disciplines. Social significance of archaeology. Current organization of the Czech archaeology.
  • 2. Archaeological sources, their characteristic and classification.
  • 3. An outline of European and Czech archaeology history.
  • 4. Basic historical concepts. The “archaeological culture” phenomenon.
  • 5. Fundamentals of the branch methodology. Method; technique; methodology; methodics.
  • 6. The principle of periodisation of history. Time, dating, and chronology.
  • 7. Expert (destructive and non-destructive) analyses of archaeological relics
  • 8. Methods of handling archaeobotanical material, material conservation, anthropology.
  • 9. Settlement archaeology. 10. Landscape archaeology. Methods of reconstruction of economic life and economy. 11. Funeral archaeology. Methods of reconstruction of social structures. Sources of scientific information. Ethics of scientific work. 12. Methods and sources of medieval research.
    required literature
  • KUNA, Martin. Archeologie pravěkých Čech – Svazek 1: Pravěký svět a jeho poznání. Praha: Archeologický ústav AV ČR, Praha, v.v.i., 2007. ISBN 978-80-86124-75-9. info
  • NEUSTUPNÝ, Evžen. Metoda archeologie. Plzeň: Aleš Čeněk, 2007. 206 s. ISBN 9788073800758. info
  • Archaeology : the key concepts. Edited by Colin Renfrew - Paul G. Bahn. 1st pub. London: Routledge, 2005. xiv, 298. ISBN 0415317584. info
    recommended literature
  • PODBORSKÝ, Vladimír. Úvod do studia archeologie. 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2012. 174 s. ISBN 9788021061606. info
  • NEUSTUPNÝ, Evžen. Teorie archeologie. Plzeň: Aleš Čeněk, 2010. 318 s. ISBN 9788073802448. info
  • HLOŽEK, Martin. Encyklopedie moderních metod v archeologii : archeometrie. 1. vyd. Praha: Libri, 2008. 230 s. ISBN 9788072772308. info
Teaching methods
Assessment methods
Written test
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Information on completion of the course: Informace ke způsobu ukončení viz sylabus.
The course is taught annually.
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