This innovative taught programme provides scope for students to engage in close analysis of processes of social and cultural change, especially in the early modern and modern worlds, from a material perspective. It investigates contemporary theory and practice across the range of historical archaeology and engages with the range of sources (material, textual, representational and oral) available to scholars examining the archaeology of the last 500 years from a global perspective.
The course aims to develop students’ ability to conduct independent research, to build awareness of the potential of interdisciplinary research, to enhance the career prospects of students, whether in archaeology, related or other professions, especially by equipping them with transferable skills or to equip those who desire it to advance to research degrees with the skills required.
Doing Historical Archaeology *
Archaeology of the Modern World *
Historical Archaeology of England (field-based)
Archaeology of Standing Buildings
Dissertation (for students studying for the award of MA)
* Compulsory modules
Teaching and assessment methods
All modules are delivered by distance learning but Historical Archaeology of England requires one week’s attendance in the UK on field visits. Each module is assessed by two pieces of written work. Master’s students write a 15,000-word dissertation.
Postgraduate Certificates in Historical Archaeology can be gained by taking two modules.