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The History of Archaeological Thought - 20 credits (HS2350)

This module traces the main trends in archaeological interpretation in a range of archaeological traditions (prehistory, classical archaeology and medieval archaeology). The module builds on the first-year module Great Discoveries, but it concentrates on current and recent developments, both analysing the source of ideas, models and paradigms, and discussing their application within archaeology. Agency, gender, the lifecourse, the body, individuals and structures, dwelling, change, and process are prominent among subjects discussed. Attention is also given to older developments within archaeology, going back to the nineteenth century, including models of evolution and social difference. In this way, the module deals with a set of issues central to any interpretive engagement with archaeological evidence. Case studies are drawn from a wide range of periods and places.

Staff: Alasdair Whittle or James Whitley
Teaching: 20 lectures; 3 seminars, 1 museum trip.
Assessment: Précis (5%), object biography (5%), essay (40%); examination (50%)
Semester: Autumn and Spring