This module will provide an overview of the main chronological phases in the study of archaeology. It will cover the whole span from the emergence of humans to the use of archaeology to study the contemporary world. The key events and dates will form the chronological framework that underpins the rest of your degree.
Different members of staff will introduce you to the key types of archaeological evidence and the main environmental, cultural, economic and social processes that operate in each period. A series of case studies will exemplify how our knowledge has been gained through archaeological investigation.
|Autumn Term 2022-23
The main aims of the module are:
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
The module will cover prehistory in the first four weeks and historical archaeology in the second four weeks. The prehistoric periods covered will be the Early and Late Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age, along with case studies of Star Carr and Covesea. Historical periods will be Roman Britain, the Anglo-Saxons, the Viking period, later Medieval, historical (early modern) and contemporary, with case studies of Malton and Heslington Roman sites, and Gawthorpe Hall and Breary Banks for the early modern period.
In addition to this, we will introduce you to eight prehistoric and historical individuals each week who have been researched by archaeologists that you will be expected to investigate in more depth. As well as being fascinating people in their own right, they illustrate deeper aspects of how archaeology can reveal new (and sometimes surprising) knowledge about the past.
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|Online Exam - 24 hrs (Centrally scheduled)
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1500 word essay
You will receive feedback on all assessed work within 20 working days of the submission date.
Hunter, J and Ralston, I (ed.) (2009) The archaeology of Britain, 2nd edition. London: Routledge. https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/york-ebooks/detail.action?docID=465394
Schofield, J (ed.) (2011) Great excavations: shaping the archaeological profession. Oxford: Oxbow Books. https://www-jstor-org.libproxy.york.ac.uk/stable/j.ctt1cd0nz2
Please note: Detailed reading for the module will be available via YorkShare VLE (the University's virtual learning environment). When you have enrolled on a module, you will be able to access the full reading list.