NMC470H1: Polarized-light Microscopy in Archaeology II: Applications

Hours

24L/24P

Previous Course Number

NMC462Y1

This course explores further applications of polarized-light microscopy in the examination of archaeological materials, particularly pottery (ceramic petrology). The focus is on foundational research and case-studies of materials from around the world with particular attention to material culture from the Middle East, Central America, and East Asia, where University of Toronto researchers have worked, ranging in date from the Neolithic period to the modern day. Class and lab discussions will include critical examination of the application and integration of ceramic petrology in archaeological research design and how petrology can address relevant research questions successfully. Labs comprise eight three-hour sessions during the term, working with the polarized-light microscope to examine and analyze thin-sections.

Prerequisite
Exclusion
Distribution Requirements
Social Science
Breadth Requirements
The Physical and Mathematical Universes (5)