Institutionen för arkeologi och antikens historia

Humanistiska och teologiska fakulteterna | Lunds universitet

Archaeology and Ancient History: Buildings as Archaelogy - the Analysis of Complex Built Environments


Course code: ARKN12
Swedish title: Arkeologi och antikens historia: Byggnader som arkeologi -analys av komplexa bebyggda miljöer
ECTS credits: 15


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Study period: autumn 2018
Type of studies: full time, day
Study period: 2018-11-12 – 2019-01-20
Language of instruction: English
Eligibility: Students must have passed the course ARKK04, ARKH04, AKSK04, HOSK04 or the equivalent.
Application code: LU-30261

Introductory meeting: 2018-11-05 at 10.15 – 12.00: LUX:C337

Teachers: Nicolo Dell'Unto, Gertie Eriksson, Henrik Gerding


The built environment is an important aspect of human culture. Preserved architectural remains provide us with the possibility to explore and explain the spatial framework of past societies. Although the technological and environmental conditions for construction may have differed through time and space – just as activities and social norms related to the use of buildings did – many analytical tools and methods, which have been developed for studying these remains, are applicable regardless of the context. This course focuses on the analysis and interpretation of complex built environments, and particularly on how we can make the most of the existing material. The aim is to give an outline of the different means of documentation, interpretation and visualisation that are available to us, as well as a theoretical basis for choosing an appropriate documentation strategy. The course consists of two parts, first a theoretical part where the students get a thorough knowledge of documentation methods and strategies as well as different theories and methods regarding spatial analysis. In the second part of the course the students are introduced to various digital methods of documentation and analysis of buildings. The course includes case studies from different periods and geographical areas, in order to highlight various perspectives and approaches in buildings archaeology. The students will be acquainted with some of the most recently developed digital techniques for documentation and visualisation, but the question of how we can gain further knowledge through the analysis of built environments will remain at the centre of attention.


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