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Course Overview

The study of the past can sometimes feel impersonal, a matter of empires, civilisations and cultures, but archaeology also has a marvellous potential to access the real lives of ancient individuals. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the exploration of social lives in the (pre)historic past, using lectures and seminars to  illustrate how material culture can tell us about even the most intimate aspects of our ancestors. Among the topics will be issues of ancient identity, ideology, religion, sexuality and environment.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Joshua Wright

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • AY2002 Interpreting the Past 2: Archaeology of Social Life (Studied)
  • AY2506 Archaeologies of Social Life (Dl) (Studied)
  • KL255T Archaeologies of Social Life (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

As an advanced introduction to archaeological enquiry, the course focuses on the archaeology of social life and examines several inter-locking themes:
  • Innovation, production and consumption
  • Social identity and material culture
  • Ritual and religion
  • Personhood, death and the body
  • Economic and environmental archaeology
  • Settlement archaeology and landscape research

Further Information & Notes

This course may not be taken with AY2506

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

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

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (50%); continuous assessment in the form of an analytical poster (50%). Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (50%) plus original in-course assessment carried forward (50%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Detailed poster feedback forms; in-class tutorial feedback.

Course Learning Outcomes


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