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AY 4509

Course Co-ordinator: Dr K Milek

Pre-requisite(s): None although at least one Archaeology course at level 1 or 2 is recommended.

Note(s): This course may NOT be included in a graduating curriculum with AY 4509. Students will be asked to make a contribution towards the cost of a field trip to the National Museum of Scotland, in Edinburgh.

This course will not be available in 2012/13, but will be available in 2013/14.

This course provides students with an overview of the Viking Age peoples of Scandinavia, and their dramatic expansion in the 8th-11th centuries AD. We will review the archaeological evidence for population and settlement patterns, ethnicity and social structure, the development of urban centres and commerce, and Viking Age religion, and will chart the political process that led to the rise of the modern nation states of Norway, Sweden and Denmark. This Scandinavian background will then be set in the wider context of the Viking diaspora, examining Norse contact, conflict, trade and colonisation from Canada in the West to the Asian steppe in the East.

2 one-hour lectures per week (excluding reading weeks), 3 one-hour practical workshops, a one-day field trip to the National Museum of Scotland, and 2 two-hour seminars.

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (50%); coursework (50%) in the form of a 3,000-word essay (30%) and an artefact project presented in the form of an A0 poster representing the backboard of a museum display (20%).

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