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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 None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Gordon Noble

Qualification Prerequisites

  • One of Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5

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?

  • AY3020 Scottish Archaeology (Dl) (Studied)
  • KL305Q Scottish Archaeology (Studied)

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.

Further Information & Notes

This course may not be taken with Flexible Archaeology code KL305Q. 

 There is a one day field trip associated with this course.  Students will have to contribute to the costs of this trip.

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: Continuous assessment (100%).
Resit: Marks from continuous assessment to be carried forward (50%); 1 two-hour written examination (50%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Detailed written feedback for essays will be given.

Course Learning Outcomes


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