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Debates in Funerary Archaeology - ARC00077M

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  • Department: Archaeology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Penny Bickle
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2019-20

Module aims

This module will address the methodological and interpretative challenges of studying death and burial in the past. Students will be introduced to the formative and current debates in Funerary Archaeology. The module will provide them with a good understanding of latest techniques used to study the funerary context and knowledge of the range of evidence encountered across different time periods

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

· Be familiar with the historical development and significant debates of Funerary Archaeology studies and be able to situate them within the broader development of Archaeology as a discipline

  • Knowledge of the key research questions and methodologies for studying death and burial in Archaeology

  • Be able to critically evaluate the different interpretative and methodological approaches to the study of funerary practices and to assess their application to different prehistoric periods and contexts

  • Awareness of the standard terminology and style for reporting funerary practices

Academic and graduate skills

  • Enhance their skills in oral presentations, discussion and debate
  • Development of transferable team working skills in small group work and oral presentations
  • Enhance their skills in producing powerpoint presentations and in essay writing


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

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Summative assessment


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