ARCHKRA002 Methodological equipment of contemporary archaeology

Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Winter 2023
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Peter Kováčik, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Peter Kováčik, Ph.D.
Institute of Archaeology - Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Tue 10:35–12:10 H7
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The task of the course is to introduce students to the application of contemporary progressive methods in archeology with an emphasis on geoinformatics. Students first get acquainted with the theoretical starting points, then with the basic terminology and methodology. They acquire knowledge about technical equipment, software tools and spatial data, suitable for archaeological purposes. They will become familiar with the basic procedural parts of working with geodata, i.e. with collection, management, analysis and visualization of digital spatial information.
Learning outcomes
After completing the course, the student will orient himself in the application of contemporary progressive methods in archaeology.
  • 1. Introduction – background, terminology and methodology. 2. Chronology - dating methods. 3. Stratigraphy – new innovations of the traditional method. 4. Methods of archaeological prospecting. 5. Mathematical statistical methods of research evaluation 6. 3D documentation and visualization. 7. GIS in archeology – a carousel of questions and answers 8. Geoarchaeology, petroarchaeology 9. Chemical and physical analyses 10. Bioarchaeology – archaeobotany and archaeozoology 11. Bioarchaeology - anthropology. 12. Paleoecology and paleodemography. 13. Archeology of thought and the future of archaeology.
    required literature
  • Hložek M.: Encyklopedie moderních metod v archeologii: Archeometrie, Praha 2008.
  • Renfrew, C. – Bahn, P.: Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice. London 2012.
  • Vávra, A. – Kováčik, P.: Geografické informační systémy v archeologii. Opava 2014.
    recommended literature
  • Bojsová, K.: Mých prvních 54 000 let. Nejnovější poznatky z evoluční genetiky a archeologie. Praha 2018
  • Brown, T. – Brown, K.: Biomolecular Archaeology: An Introduction, Chichester2011.
  • Beneš, J. – Pokorný, P. (eds.): Bioarcheologie v České republice / Bioarcheology in the Czech Republic, České Budějovice 2014.
Teaching methods
Assessment methods
Oral exam
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is also listed under the following terms Winter 2022.
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