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AY2009: PREHISTORIC BRITAIN: FROM BOXGROVE TO BEDE (2017-2018)

Last modified: 19 Jan 2017 11:46


Course Overview

Britain has been inhabited by humans for more than half a million years. This course provides an introduction to the peoples and societies that have occupied this Island from the first pioneer populations to the dawn of history. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Gordon Noble

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Through lectures and key case studies, we will chart the development of human societies in Britain from its deep prehistoric past as a western extension of the European landmass through to the development of early farming societies and culminating in the rise of political hierarchies and ultimately kingdoms in the first millennium AD. The course will take you on a fascinating journey, providing cutting-edge insights into the diverse peoples that have lived in Britain, from the Stone Age dwellers of Boxgrove, to the Neolithic communities who built Stonehenge, to the Roman invaders of AD 43 to the earliest historic societies such as the Anglo-Saxons, Picts and Vikings. Using the latest archaeological evidence the course will explore the changing landscape and environment through time, how we can use the limited historical sources we have for some of the later societies under consideration and the changing nature of society, subsistence, technology and worldview over the course of around 700,000 years of human habitation of Britain.

PLEASE NOTE this course incorporates a compulsory one-day study trip to the Scottish Crannog Centre at Loch Tay where we will visit a reconstructed Iron Age dwelling and take part in some experimental archaeology. A small cost will be associated, likely to be in the region of £15 - £25.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • Archeology Joint
  • Archeology Major
  • BSc Archaeology
  • BSc Archaeology with Chemistry
  • BSc Archaeology-Geoscience
  • MA Archaeology

Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: Exam (60%); Group work continuous assessment (40%)

Resit: Resit examination (60%); essay assignment in place of group work (40%)

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

Feedback on coursework will be provided through Gradecentre. The group work will also be assessed through both formative, summative and peer review methods.

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