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Department of Archaeology
The University of Sheffield
Sheffield, England S10 2TN
MSc Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy
This program delivers both intensive training in environmental and economic archaeology (with the opportunity to specialise further in one branch of these related fields), and an understanding of how these skills and knowledge might be deployed to advance our understanding of the relationship between people and nature in the making of human history. Studies of contemporary ecology and economy are emphasised as a basis for investigating the past. The ability to reconstruct and understand past environments and economies is critical to both professional and academic archaeology. The program offers a range of closely integrated core modules, which enable you to develop your experience and understanding of the method and theory of environmental archaeology and palaeoeconomy. You will learn to think critically and we will train you in a range of problem solving and analytical skills. You will acquire advanced IT skills (including use of relevant software packages, such as, SPSS, CANOCO and TILIA), we will familiarise you with GIS, and you will develop a range of general research (group-based seminar work, practical work and independent research) and presentational skills that can be applied in a broad range of employment contexts.
Sheffield is the ideal place to pursue this program. The teaching staff are leading scholars in environmental and economic archaeology. Through their research and field projects they are active in the generation of new knowledge about humanity´s relationship with, and creation of, the natural world – knowledge that feeds directly into their teaching. As in all our programmes, we stress the integration of `humanities´ and `science-based´ approaches to produce a deeper understanding of past humanity, and throughout provide you with the opportunity to work between and across different viewpoints and approaches, and to make your own mind up about their strengths and weaknesses.
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International Financial Aid: No
In State Tuition (per year): 13990 GBP