This module will introduce students to the archaeology of Iron Age Britain and Ireland from around 800 BC to the Roman incursions of the 1st century AD (continuing to around AD 400 in northern Britain and Ireland, beyond the Roman frontier). It will focus on the study of identity, cosmology and social relations, examining the ways in which different communities across the British Isles express these ideas through objects, landscapes, monumental domestic architecture, and treatments of the dead. Students will become familiar with the evidence from key areas, including the hillfort-dominated landscapes of Wessex; the Northern and Western Isles of Scotland, with their monumental broch towers; and the uplands of East Yorkshire with their rich barrow cemeteries.
By the end of the module the students will be able to:
Academic and graduate skills
Structure and content
Each week there will be a two-hour session; in most weeks, the first hour will be taken up by a lecture and the second hour will include group discussions and student presentations. All sessions will be led by Ian Armit. Students will spend the rest of the time allocated to this module in private study preparing for seminars and written pieces of work.
Lectures will be given by Ian Armit, with occasional guest lecturers where opportunity allows. These will provide the backbone of the module and will provide you with orientation on the British Iron Age, key evidence and debates, as well as the lecturer's own perspective on these. It is your job, through the seminars and your reading, to critically assess these arguments.
All students will be taught as a single group, run by Ian Armit. Seminars will sometimes involve a whole-group discussion, but some weeks will include brief (c.15 min) presentations, break-out discussions, workshops, and other exercises. You will be presenting in groups of two or three. Please see required reading and preparation for each session.