This module can only be taken as a Short Course for Credit.

Please go to the 'Upgrade to a professional qualification' section for more information.

You will gain hands-on experience with a variety of traditional technologies, engaging with the choices and challenges inherent in the production process, and improving your skills in designing experimental archaeology projects and reverse-engineering archaeological materials.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • CostShort Course for Credit - £690

Course structure

Practical sessions, in-class discussions, experimental reconstructions of traditional technologies, collaborative group work.

What you will learn

On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Recreate traditional technologies in an experimental context
  • Design and construct a structure capable of firing ceramics.
  • Evaluate the results of experimental archaeology projects, analysing the causes for success and failure in reconstructing traditional technologies.
  • Assess how, and to what extent different elements of traditional craft production are translated into the archaeological record.

Core content

  • Ceramic Manufacture and Firing
  • Metal Smelting and Casting
  • Faience Production
  • Organic Materials

Upgrade to a professional qualification

When taken as a Short Course for Credit, 10 credit points can be put towards the MSc in Archaeological Science.

Who should attend

A pre-requisite for attending this course is the successful completion of Approaches to Ceramic Studies 

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