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AY3504: ARCHAEOLOGIES OF LANDSCAPE (2017-2018)

Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 18:26


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
Co-ordinators
  • 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?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • AY4504 Archaeologies of Landscape (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

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.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

19 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

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.

Feedback

Detailed essay feedback forms; field trip discussions.

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