- Department: Archaeology
- Module co-ordinator: Dr. Aleksandra McClain
- Credit value: 20 credits
- Credit level: I
- Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
- See module specification for other years: 2023-24
The Interpreting Historical Archaeology module allows students to begin to engage in more detail with different time periods and cultural contexts within the historical era. The module gives students the opportunity to explore a range of historical societies while keeping in mind a selection of key themes which run consistently across each teaching block. Students will be asked to think critically about how each theme is materially manifested in the various time periods, and will make links between themes within and across different time periods.
A directed option - students must pick which Interpreting module to take, either Interpreting Prehistory OR Interpreting Historical Archaeology
|Semester 2 2024-25
This module should:
Provide students with a more in-depth understanding of the historical past, defined as periods in which societies had writing and documentation.
Make links between a range of historical time periods through an examination of a series of important archaeological themes.
By the end of this module students should be able to:
This module is divided up into three blocks of teaching which are period- or context-based, each taught by a member of staff expert in that subject. The blocks may change from year to year, and periods of study could include Roman, Early Medieval, Late Medieval, Early Modern, and Contemporary societies within Europe or further afield. In each block, a selection of key themes will be explored through lectures and interactive discussion, and these themes will remain consistent across the time period blocks. This approach allows students to examine how the meanings and material expression of different aspects of human life changed over time, dependent on the historical, cultural, or social contexts in which people lived. Assessments will ask students to demonstrate their knowledge of the archaeological evidence underpinning the themes in each period, and to conduct analysis and make interpretations which link the different themes within and across the time periods under study.
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Formative: written feedback from module leaders
Summative: written feedback within the University's turnaround policy
Revell, L (2006) 'Architecture, power and politics: the forum-basilica in Roman Britain' in J Sofaer (ed) Material Identities, 127-51.
Diaz-Andreu, M. and Lucy, S. (eds) 2005. The Archaeology of Identity: Approaches to Gender, Age, Status, Ethnicity, and Religion, Routledge (London)
Gilchrist, R. 2012. Medieval Life: Archaeology and the Life Course, Boydell and Brewer (Woodbridge)