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Course Overview

Landscapes may be quantitative or qualitative; they can be explored with scientific instruments, using our bodies or in our imagination. This course investigates the key concept of landscape and its relationship to archaeological research across a broad range of cultural and historical contexts. The course is organized around thematic lectures and culminates in an interactive 3-day study trip to the Orkney Isles.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Jeff Oliver

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?

  • AY4504 Archaeologies of Landscape (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Landscape archaeology is now widely recognized as is a major area of contemporary research. This course will provide an overview of contemporary approaches to landscape in archaeological analysis highlighting their importance for a truly contextual archaeology. Topics will include prehistoric and historic landscapes, the situation of sites and monuments in their physical environment, island archaeology, seascapes and rock art. These topics will be addressed through a variety of geographical and chronological examples, and will include practical engagement facilitated through a three-day study trip to the Orkney Isles.

Further Information & Notes

PLEASE NOTE this course incorporates a three-day study trip to Orkney (not including travel time), which is compulsory. The trip takes place at the end of the second term, accommodation is arranged in the Youth Hostel, and the student contribution (including the ferry from Aberdeen) is likely to be between £200 - £300.

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%); coursework (50%; critical book review). Resit: Marks from continuous assessment to be carried forward (50%); 1 two-hour written examination (50%).

Formative Assessment

Informal assessment.


Detailed essay feedback forms; field trip discussions.

Course Learning Outcomes


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