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Course Overview

Here in Scotland we have a world-class record of past human society. From the spectacularly preserved Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae to 19th century clearance villages, this course explores the broad sweep of Scottish prehistoric and historic archaeology. In lectures and a day long study trip students will get an in-depth insight into the archaeology of Scotland and will explore some of the major issues in human history: the origins of agriculture and monumentality, worldview and belief in the north, settlement and social structure, urbanism and the emergence of the modern world.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Gordon Noble

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Certificate in Science (Archaeology) or Archaeology Iss
  • Archaeology (AY)
  • One of Distance Learning or Certificate in Science (Archaeology) or Archaeology Iss
  • Any Undergraduate Programme

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What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course will provide an introduction to the archaeology of Scotland with a chronological focus on the period from the earliest settlers to the major social and political changes of the Medieval period.
The course covers:
  • Prehistoric archaeology with a particular emphasis on the social archaeologies of these periods.
  • The emergence of complex societies in Scotland in the Early Historic and Medieval periods.
  • Current research, debate and fieldwork projects in Scotland; the formation of the archaeological record in Scotland and the way it is recorded and managed.

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

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