NMC462H1: Polarized-light Microscopy in Archaeology I: Foundations

Hours

24L/24P

This course provides students with training in the use of polarized-light microscopy in the examination of archaeological materials, particularly pottery (ceramic petrology). Students will apply the knowledge they gain from lectures to hands-on work with materials in the lab, covering instruction in crystallography, optics, mineralogy, lithology, and other aspects of the petrology of ceramics and other materials. Labs comprise eight three-hour sessions during the term, working with the polarized-light microscope to examine and analyze thin-sections. No prior knowledge of geology is required. Students should plan to take NMC470H1 Polarized-light Microscopy in Archaeology II: Applications, in the following term to complete their training.

Prerequisite
NMC264H1 or permission of the instructor.
Exclusion
Distribution Requirements
Social Science
Breadth Requirements
The Physical and Mathematical Universes (5)
Mode of Delivery
In Class