Undergraduate first year modules

Skeleton studyBones, Bodies and Burials: the archaeology of death 

This module explores, through a series of case studies, the archaeological methods employed in study of the dead, from the earliest deliberate burials of the Neanderthals, the preservation of the corpse by the ancient Egyptians, Victorian crypt burials and the politics behind the examination of human skeletal remains.(AR1TS2)


Artists impression of a roman streetFrom Rome to the Reformation: an introduction to historical archaeology 

This module is an archaeological survey of the Roman world and its medieval successor. By reviewing a variety of common themes such as towns and trade, the countryside, belief systems and topics such as migration and state development, we can compare and contrast the two complex societies' development and in the process increase our understanding of their influence on modern Europe. (AR1RM2)


Excavating at Silchester field schoolPractising Archaeology: methods and approaches

This module provides an introduction into the methods and approaches used in modern archaeology, in short: What do archaeologists do and how do they do it? We cover the various field methods (archaeological prospection and excavation) as well as post-excavation analysis and research: relative and absolute dating methods, the information provided by environmental and biomolecular evidence (analysis of plant and animal remains, isotope, organic residue and DNA analysis) as well as the study of finds and artefacts (stone and metal objects, pottery and small finds). The module also provides training in study skills for archaeologists, in the understanding of stratigraphy and site interpretation. (AR1TS3)


Hand AxePrimates to Pyramids: an introduction to world prehistory 

This module explores the global origins, dispersal and development of the human species over the last 7 million years, focusing on key issues (e.g. the origins of modern humans and the emergence of agriculture) and using examples and case studies from Africa, Asia, the Americas, Australasia, and Europe. It is also includes a field trip to the Avebury monument complex, and practical sessions introducing you to key examples of prehistoric stone artefacts. (AR1P2)


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