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What can archaeology tell us about the lives of people who lived in times and places dominated by written records? Contrary to popular perception 'history' is not all in the books! Historical Archaeology provides us with an alternative means of studying historical people, periods and places through the things that people left behind. If historians study historic documents to shed light on the past, historical archaeologists use artefacts and information from the natural environment to do this. Students who take this course will not only learn the methods of historical archaeology but how they can be applied to some of the most significant issues to have shaped the medieval and modern periods; from diet and disease to social status and gender; and from the rise of nations and nationalism to capitalism and globalisation.
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
|Campus||Old Aberdeen||Sustained Study||No|
This course will provide students with a detailed introduction to the theory and practice of historical archaeology, in particular how the study of material culture and past environments can compliment and even challenge what we think we know about the past. This course will provide students with the tools to provide a more rounded and critical view of the human past and will therefore not only be of interest to archaeologists, but students with an interest in history and the historical sciences broadly construed.
Students who take this course will come away with a solid understanding of the development of historical archaeology, practical skills for identifying artefacts and the built environment, knowledge of appropriate methods and a critical awareness of issues that shape this dynamic subdiscipline.
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Resit: Resit of exam ﴾50%﴿, and re‐submission of coursework by arrangement ﴾50%﴿.
Feedback will be provided in sufficient time to be able to be used by students to improve their work, typically within two weeks of hand-in.