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Making the Nation


Module leader: Jonathan Finch 


This module will examine the making of the modern world through changes that took place in society, economy, and culture over the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

It will explore class differentiation, domestic life and the birth of the urban environment as markers of the 'modern' age. There will be a strong thread of British material to establish a context for the globalisation that will be dealt with in the second module, but North American material will also be used to establish the Atlantic dimension to the period and to allow comparative critiques of how the material culture, houses and landscapes of the period have been studied.


  • to understand the development of historical archaeology and its aims, objectives and social relevance
  • to introduce and explore the main themes current in historical archaeology in an international context
  • to explore the themes of the rural and urban life, settlement and poverty

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module students should have:

  • knowledge of the development of historical archaeology as a sub-discipline and of the various branches within historical archaeology
  • an understanding of the methods, theories and approaches commonly applied in historical archaeology
  • knowledge of case studies from Britain relating to different social and economic groups, and to urban and rural environments

Illustration of Gawthorpe Hall from the south c.1720