ARCS2010 – Ancient Technologies: Experimental and Analytical Approaches to Understanding Past Technologies95.0
This is one of the milestones of an archaeology degree at UQ. It was one of the courses I was most excited about taking, and definitely the best I've taken this semester. The amount of effort and work put into is commendable and Dr. Chris Clarkson is clearly so passionate about sharing his knowledge with students in a fun way - stress on fun. Academia often leeches the life out of any interesting topic, and Dr. Clarkson strove to ensure students learnt everything in a hands on, creative way. This is the best way to learn, especially with archaeology - in a practical rather than theoretical way which affirms everything we've been learning. Learning practical skills and gaining an appreciation for ancient technology is something everyone can benefit from. The final assesment was also heaps of fun and highly education - getting to conduct our own experiments like a 'real life archaeologist'. I would highly recommend this course to everyone - all my friends have been so jealous that I got to take such a fun course, and I tell them to just take it as an elective next time it comes around!
ARCS2010 – Ancient Technologies: Experimental and Analytical Approaches to Understanding Past Technologies90.0
This is to date one of my most favourite archaeology courses. The lectures are interesting and informative, but the practicals are amazing. Expect to get dirty and sooty some weeks, and to walk away from most pracs with an awesome piece of ancient technology you got to make yourself. We did stone tool making (knapping) and butchery techniques, made bone spear points, learnt how to haft arrows and spears and fire and throw them, different pottery techniques and how to operate wood fire kilns, weaving, and I think they've added in glass blowing. One of the best pracs involved smelting copper and casting swords and objects you'd got to make the week before. The teaching staff were lovely and just wanted everyone to have a great time learning about and using ancient technologies. The main piece of assessment is putting together your own ancient technology experiment, and making a video about the process and results, which I found way more enjoyable than having to write yet another assignment. Totally recommend taking as part of your archaeology major, or just a super fun elective.
ARCS2010 – Ancient Technologies: Experimental and Analytical Approaches to Understanding Past Technologies97.1
I don't think I've ever had as much fun at uni as I did in this course. This course is focused on learning through hands-on practice, and it was awesome to come in every week and get to do something new. There's definitely not another course where you get to haft your own stone-tipped arrow and fire it! The lectures prefaced the technology that we'd be learning / using in the practicals, and were a great introduction. However, what made this class really amazing was the passion and enthusiasm of the teaching staff. They obviously spent hours each week setting up for the massive practical sessions, and it was impossible not to get caught up in their enthusiasm for the subject. The final assessment was slightly challenging, but was structured in a way that you could choose your favourite practical session from the semester and build on it. A subject I would definitely recommend, to anyone vaguely interested in archaeology, to creative people, to people who like finding out how things work, and to everyone who likes to have fun while they learn!