The purpose of the special topic is to allow students to study the archaeology of a well defined time, space or theme in a small seminar group. This enables them to come to grips with primary source material (material and written, as appropriate) and to apply to it the theoretical and thematic perspectives learned over your first and second years, so as to acquire a deeper knowledge of one aspect of the past than has been possible in more general courses.
The aim of ‘Historic Houses’ is to allow students to explore the ways in which elite and vernacular houses were designed, decorated and furnished in England from the late medieval period to the end of the 19th century, and to explore the issues which face those who own, manage, conserve and interpret historic interiors.
By the end of the module, students will be able to:
- demonstrate a broad and comparative knowledge of Historic Houses
- critically discuss and assess the key theories, methods and debates, and their limitations
- critically evaluate primary data and evidence
- communicate an in-depth, logical and structured argument, supported by archaeological evidence