DESCRIPTION OF COURSES
ARME 500 M.S. Thesis (NC)
Program of research leading to M.S. degree is arranged between the student and a member of the program. Students register to this course in all semesters starting from the beginning of their third semester during the research program or writing up of their thesis is in progress.
ARME 501 General Archaeometry (3-0)3
Brief description of the principles, techniques and limitations of Radiocarbon (C-14), Thermoluminescence (TL), Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL), Electron Spin Resonance (ESR),Potassium/Argon, Uranium series, Fission Track, Obsidian Hydration and Varve Chronology. Structure determination and source identification of archaeological materials by Lead Isotope, Instrumental Neutron Activation (INAA), Chemical, Microscopical, Petrographical, Radiographical, and X-ray Fluorescence Analyses. Non destructive testing techniques. Methods of investigating the ancient technology. Methods of prospection.
ARME 502 Analysis of Data in Archaeometry (2-2)3
Summarization of data properties of different theoretical distributions, the concept of hypothesis testing and employment of different methods (regression, correlation, principle component, discriminant function analysis and ANOVA) with special reference to archaeometric data.
ARME 511 Basic Science in Archaeometry (2-2)3
Elements. Isotopes. Compounds. Chemical and physical changes. Energy. Matter. Different states of matter. Electronic, optical, magnetic and thermal properties of materials. Electromagnetic radiation and its interaction with matter. Chemical treatments of materials. Cell, genetics and biological systems. Not compulsory for science-based student or consent of the department.
ARME 531 General Archaeology (3-0)3
General introduction to archaeology. Prehistoric periods. Historic periods. Classical archaeology. Medieval archaeology. Not compulsory for social sciences based student or consent of the department.
ARME 540 Conservation and Restoration of Archaeological Objects (2-2)3
Decay of archaeological materials in soil and in exposed environment. Principles and some techniques of conservation. Possible interference problems in archaeometry due to conservation.
ARME 541 Archaeological Materials and Their Properties (3-0)3
Basic nature of materials; their properties and behavior. Organic materials, paintings, ink, food and all other organic compounds and their nature. Structure of metals and alloys. Structural imperfections. Modification of properties through changes in micro structure. Corrosion of metallic materials. Traditional ceramic materials. Raw materials and classification of products. Ceramic forming methods. Glass melting and forming. Glazes and enamels. Nature of polymeric materials.
ARME 543 Methods and Techniques in Archaeometry (3-0)3
Identification and structure determination of archaeological materials using spectroscopic methods, x-ray diffraction, thin section, SEM-EDX analyses. Techniques of dating and conservation-restoration of materials.
ARME 563 Cultural Evolution I (3-0)3
This course aims at introducing the anthropological approach in understanding what happened in history and is happening today. Therefore the concepts of culture, primate and human social organizations, evolution, cultural systems such as language and communication; marriage, family and kinship; production, consumption and exchange; social control; beliefs, myths and cosmology will be studied in terms of cultures in-nature.
ARME 564 Cultural Evolution II (2-2)3
This course teaches techniques of anthropological research and scientific writing. Designing a research project, doing a literature survey, collecting qualitative and quantitative data through participant observation and learning the form and content of scientific writing will be required. Theoretical framework comparative literature, presentation of data as supporting evidence and the analysis make up the content while the title page, table of contents, abstract, introduction, discussion, conclusion, list of references and addenda constitute the form of a scientific manuscript
ARME 590 Summer Practice (NC)
The students are required to do a summer practice of at least 3 weeks in an excavation site, in a convenient research laboratory or in a museum, arranged by the department and himself/herself, after completing second semester. The student must give a written report on this summer practice to the department chairman before the beginning of the third semester.
ARME 591-592 Seminar in Archaeometry I-II (0-2)NC
The seminar covers general aspects of archaeometry, given by invited speakers and students. Students prepare and present papers of different subjects including the review of recent researches as weel as certain problems related to their theses.
Description of other courses offered in the program can be found in METU General Catalogue.
ARME 599 Term Project (NC)
A research project on a topic in archaeometry normally based on laboratory work. The student is required to write a comprehensive report comprising literature as well as findings of his/her research.
ARME 600 Ph.D. Thesis (NC)
Program of research leading to Ph.D. degree arranged between the student and a faculty member. Students register to this course in all semesters starting from the beginning of their third semester during the research program.
ARME 601-602 Seminar in Archaeometry III-IV (0-2)NC
The seminar covers general aspects of archaeometry, given by invited speakers and students. Students prepare and present papers of different subjects including the review of recent researches as well as certain problems related to their theses.
ARME 603 Summer Field Research (NC)
The students are required to carry out a research in an excavation site, research laboratories of the departments, museums or conservation centers and report a research paper during the summer of the first year. Research papers will be presented in the beginning of the second year of the program.
ARME 7XX Special Topics in Archaeometry (3-0)3
Courses not listed in catalogue. Contents vary from year to year according to interest of students and instructor in charge. Typical contents include characterization of ancient ceramics, determ,nation of diet factor elements, archaeological soil analysis, etc.
ARME 8XX Special Studies (4-2)NC
M.S. student chooses and studies a topic under the guidance of a faculty member, normally his/her advisor.