Historical Archaeology is the study of relatively recent documented periods using material culture as well as texts. It is one of the most rapidly expanding aspects of archaeology, and is dealing with many exciting issues.
The MA in Historical Archaeology at York focuses on the period from the last part of the Middle Ages, through the Early Modern period, and up to the 20th century. It examines themes such as the development of mercantile and then industrial capitalism, colonialism, industrialisation and globalisation from British and international perspectives.
Whilst excavated material forms part of the data source, we also use much material culture that has never been lost and is still in private or public collections, standing buildings, landscapes, and documentary sources of all kinds including maps, newspapers, family, parish and state records.
There is a wide range of facilities for students undertaking an Archaeology Masters programme. These include:
In addition, York is home to libraries and archive repositories belonging to the City, York Minster, English Heritage and the former Royal Commission for Historic Monuments (England). York also hosts internationally important collections of material culture relevant to Historical Archaeology at the Castle Museum and at the National Railway Museum.
We also have excellent relationships with many people involved with heritage in the region, allowing us access to resources held by private owners and organisations such as the National Trust and the Diocese of York.The programme also benefits from its involvement with the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies which is a leading interdisciplinary research Centre for the period, and the Yorkshire Country House Partnership.
Over the autumn and spring terms you will take:
In the summer you will carry out research for your dissertation and give an Assessed Lecture on your dissertation topic.
Whilst we endeavour to give everyone their first choice on modules, please note that this cannot always be guaranteed. Please be aware that certain skills modules are required by particular programmes, and so may be more over-subscribed than others. Please see the Full modules list for scheduling information on option and skills modules, as some run concurrently.
First, check our How to apply page, which explains what information the Department needs from you.
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