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Ancient History and Archaeology (3 Years) [BA]

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Course description

BA (Hons) in Ancient History and Archaeology is a joint degree which combines two disciplines and provides students with a knowledge of two complementary approaches to the past. Students are provided with training in essential historical skills and given a broad background to the classical history of the Mediterranean World (including Greek and Roman history, theory and methodology) and a global view of archaeology (Old and New World from the Neolithic to the post-Medieval period, as well as theory and practice of archaeology). Throughout the entire degree you can choose to follow a pathway that emphasises either archaeology (including fieldwork) or ancient history and languages.

Aims

The course aims to:

  • develop and encourage students' interest in thepast;
  • train students in the critical study of historical documents and the techniques and methods of archaeology;
  • provide a broadly-based and challenging curriculum including course units that are innovative and stimulating, draw upon the research expertise of the teaching staff, and are examined by a range of methods of assessment;
  • introduce students, within the context of specific historical and archaeological courses, to a variety of theoretical approaches and methodologies;
  • help students to work independently and to organise effectively their own schedules of personal study;
  • produce graduates with the transferable skills necessary to equip them for employment, postgraduate study, or further training.

Special features

  • Fieldwork is a central component of archaeology programmes; depending upon the pathway you choose, excavationmay becompulsory or optional butwe encourage you to seektraining throughout your degree;
  • Opportunities for fieldwork are offered in Britain (e.g. Manchester, Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Scotland, Southern England) and abroad (e.g. Cyprus, Turkey, Ghana and Easter Island).

Students may apply to spend one semester studying abroad during the second year of their degree. Exchange partners are offered through the Erasmus Exchange scheme (in Sweden) and the Worldwide Exchange scheme (eg. USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore). For more information about the Study Abroad Programme please consult the following: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/studyabroad/

Teaching and learning

A variety of teaching methods are used, including teaching by seminar, lectures, individual supervision of dissertations and fieldwork. The precise methods depend on the programme you are taking. Archaeology fieldwork includes one day site visits as well as extensive periods of excavation in locations as close as Stonehenge and Orkney and as distant as Africa and the Middle East. The School subsidises the cost of fieldwork.

Coursework and assessment

A broad range of coursework involving lectures, seminars, tutorials, discussion groups, group work and projects and individual research through the preparation of a portfolio and dissertation. Archaeological field training involves a variety of assessment over a range of skills and techniques.

Course unit details

Click here for a full listing of course units.

Please note that units are reviewed each year and for 2014 may vary slightly (in content or availability) from those listed as we aim to improve and update our courses yearly.

Course content for year 1

Strand A (Language Specialists)

ARGY10131 Introduction to World Archaeology 20

ARGY10072 Themes in Archaeology 20

CLAH10011 Constructing Archaic Greek History 20

CLAH10022 From Republic to Empire: Introduction to Rome History 20

either: Latin or Greek Language at the appropriate level: (all 20)

Strand B (Archaeology Specialists)

ARGY10121 Introduction to European Archaeology 20

ARGY10131 Introduction to World Archaeology 20

CLAH10011 Constructing Archaic Greek History 20

ARGY10072 Themes in Archaeology 20

ARGY10502 Introduction to Archaeological Practice 20

CLAH10022 From Republic to Empire 20

Course content for year 2

Strand A (Language Specialists)

Compulsory

ARGY20001 Long Essay (Archaeology) or CLAH20390 Long Essay (Ancient History) 20

CLAH20051 Roman Empire: Stability and Crisis 20

CLAH20062 Politics and Society in Classical Greece 20

PLUS Greek or Latin Language at appropriate level: 20

Strand B (Archaeology Specialists)

Compulsory

ARGY20001 Long Essay (Archaeology) or CLAH20390 Long Essay (Ancient History) 20

CLAH20051 Roman Empire: Stability and Crisis 20

ARGY20502 Fieldwork, Practice and Interpretation 20

CLAH20062 Politics & Society in Classical Greece 20

Optional 40 credits:

ARGY20932 European Prehistory 20

ARGY20951 Material Worlds 20

ARGY20042 Roman Archaeology: Identity and Society 20

ARGY20942 Changing Worlds in the Near East & East Mediterranean 20

ARGY20191 Introduction to African Archaeology 20

ARGY2011 Theory and Philosophy of Archaeology 20

ARGY20962 Pacific and Australian Archaeology 20

ARGY20082 Data Processing and Quantitative Analysis 20

AHVS20251 Greek Art and City State 20

AHVS22211 The Architecture of Early Modern Europe

SAHC21012 Enquiring Mind, Amazing Find 20

Course content for year 3

Strand A (Language Specialists)

Compulsory:

ARGY30000 Dissertation in Archaeology or CLAH 30000 Dissertation in Ancient History 40

ARGY30011 Issues and Controversies in Ancient History and Archaeology 20

Optional

1 course unit in Archaeology 20

1 course unit from Ancient History 20

1 course unit from Archaeology, Ancient History, or Advanced Latin/Greek 20

Strand B (Archaeology Specialists)

ARGY30000 Dissertation in Archaeology or CLAH 30000 Dissertation in Ancient History 40

ARGY30011 Issues and Controversies in Ancient History and Archaeology 20

Optional

1 option from Archaeology 20

1 option from Ancient History 20

1 further option from either Archaeology or Ancient History 20

Examples of option courses (all 20 credits)

ARGY30132 Neolithic Britain

ARGY30382 Research Issues in African Technology

ARGY30561 Upper Paleolithic and Mesolithic Europe

ARGY30221 The Emergence of Civilisation: Aegean Bronze Age

ARGY30241 Empire, Industry and the Modern Era

ARGY30522 Nationalism, Heritage and Identity

ARGY30912 Traditions and Transitions: Complex Societies in the Near East, 7000-3000 BC

CLAH30052 Athens and Attica

CLAH30882 The Roman Army

CLAH30991 Slavery in the Ancient Greek World

CLAH31251 World of Rome

CLAH30042 Greek Comedy

CLAH30030 Through Cicero's Eyes

CLAH30102 Greek Historiography

AHVS30171 York: the Medieval City

AHVS30371 Crusader Art

SAHC30002 Making Culture: Institutions, Contexts & Practices

SAHC30010 History of Medicine

MEST30641 The Middle East in the Roman Period and Late Antiquity

ITAL30261 Art and Myth in the Italian Renaissance

What our students say

The best thing about studying Ancient History and Archaeology is that the broad nature of the topic gives me a better understanding of the world around me today, and how to think deeply about how the problems of today's world can be better solved. (Matthew Stephen Riley, BA Ancient History and Archaeology)

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants from the Disability Support Office. Email: disability@manchester.ac.uk