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BA Ancient History and Archaeology
Combine the classical history of the Mediterranean world with a global view of archaeology.

BA Ancient History and Archaeology / Course details

Year of entry: 2017

Course description

Study the ancient Mediterranean empires alongside the archaeology of Britain, Western Europe, the Greek and Roman worlds, the Near East and Australasia. Throughout the course you'll have opportunity to study ancient languages and to conduct expert-led archaeological fieldwork. You'll gain knowledge of two complementary approaches to the past whilst gaining key skills in analysis and interpretation.

Year 1: Gain a solid foundation in archaeology by exploring life and death in the Ancient World and key archaeological sites in the Mediterranean, Near East, America and Australasia. Explore the Roman world, including changes in society, and the collapse of its political structures. Study key developments in Greek political, cultural and social history during the archaic period. Select from a breadth of additional optional units.  Sample course units include:

  • Constructing Archaic Greek History
  • From Republic to Empire: Introduction to Roman History,
  • Society & Culture 218-31BC
  • Introduction to World Archaeology

Year 2: Explore theoretical debate within archaeology and contextualise skills gained in your first summer of fieldwork. Examine the `golden age' of the Roman Empire and politics and society in Classical Greece. Design your own independent research project in both disciplines and tailor your studies further with optional units. Sample course units include:

  • Fieldwork, Practice and Interpretation
  • The Roman Empire 31BC - AD235: Rome's Golden Age
  • Roman Archaeology: Identity and Society

Year 3: Continue to specialise in specific areas of interest through course units such as Slavery in the Ancient Greek World and Roman Love Elegy. Choose whether to study your dissertation with Archaeology or Ancient History.  Sample course units include:

  • Slavery in the Ancient Greek World
  • The Emergence of Civilisation: Palaces, Peak Sanctuaries and Politics in Minoan Crete
  • Theory and Practice in Archaeology

Aims

The course aims to:

  • develop and encourage students' interest in the past;
  • train students in the critical study of historical documents and the techniques and methods of archaeology;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; two weeks of excavation are compulsory at both first- and second-year level and we encourage you to seek further training 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 content for year 1

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Discoveries and Discoverers: Sights and Sites ARGY10281 20 Mandatory
Constructing Archaic Greek History CLAH10011 20 Mandatory
From Republic to Empire: Introduction to Roman History, Society & Culture 218-31BC CLAH10022 20 Mandatory
Living and Dying in the Ancient World SALC10122 20 Mandatory
The Story of Britain ARGY10121 20 Optional
The Making of the Mediterranean and Mesopotamian Worlds ARGY10132 20 Optional
Understanding the Past: Human Stories through Science ARGY10341 20 Optional
Doing Archaeology 1 ARGY10502 20 Optional
Catullus CLAH10002 20 Optional
The Odyssey CLAH10101 20 Optional
Introduction to Classical Archaeology CLAH10122 20 Optional
Stories and Storytelling in the Ancient Greek and Roman Worlds CLAH10211 20 Optional
Cities and Citizens CLAH10232 20 Optional
Intensive Greek 1 CLAH20151 20 Optional
Intensive Latin 1 CLAH20171 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 1 CLAH30110 20 Optional
Advanced Greek Language 1 CLAH30120 20 Optional
Intensive Greek 2 CLAH30162 20 Optional
Intensive Latin 2 CLAH30182 20 Optional
Standing on The Shoulders of Giants: Foundations for Study in The Arts SALC10002 20 Optional
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Course content for year 2

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Archaeology Long Essay ARGY20001 20 Optional
People Behind the Patterns ARGY20082 20 Optional
Theory and Philosophy of Archaeology ARGY20112 20 Optional
Doing Archaeology 2 ARGY20501 20 Optional
Material Worlds: objects, architecture, landscape ARGY20951 20 Optional
The World of Late Antiquity: Europe and the Med from the Severan Dynasty to the Rise of Islam CLAH20022 20 Optional
Through Cicero's Eyes: Late Republican Life and Letters CLAH20031 20 Optional
The Conquering Hero: The Life, Times and Legacy of Alexander The Great CLAH20041 20 Optional
The Roman Empire 31BC - AD235: Rome's Golden Age CLAH20051 20 Optional
Politics and Society in Classical Greece CLAH20062 20 Optional
Intensive Greek 1 CLAH20151 20 Optional
Intensive Latin 1 CLAH20171 20 Optional
Classics and Ancient History Long Essay CLAH20391 20 Optional
Roman Women in 22 Objects CLAH20532 20 Optional
National Identity and the Roman Past CLAH23022 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 1 CLAH30110 20 Optional
Advanced Greek Language 1 CLAH30120 20 Optional
Intensive Greek 2 CLAH30162 20 Optional
Intensive Latin 2 CLAH30182 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 2 CLAH30210 20 Optional
Advanced Greek Language 2 CLAH30220 20 Optional
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Course content for year 3

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Dissertation ARGY30000 40 Optional
Artefacts and Interpretation ARGY30361 20 Optional
Why the Past Matters ARGY30502 20 Optional
Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Europe ARGY30562 20 Optional
Dealing with the Dead: The Archaeology of Death and Burial ARGY30721 20 Optional
Origins of States: The Archaeology of Urbanism in the Near East ARGY30912 20 Optional
Intensive Greek 1 CLAH20151 20 Optional
Intensive Latin 1 CLAH20171 20 Optional
Dissertation CLAH30030 40 Optional
The Early Roman Republic CLAH30041 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 1 CLAH30110 20 Optional
Advanced Greek Language 1 CLAH30120 20 Optional
Intensive Greek 2 CLAH30162 20 Optional
Intensive Latin 2 CLAH30182 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 2 CLAH30210 20 Optional
Advanced Greek Language 2 CLAH30220 20 Optional
Advanced Latin Language 3 CLAH30310 20 Optional
Advanced Greek Language 3 CLAH30320 20 Optional
Roman Law in Context CLAH30351 20 Optional
Empire, War & Diplomacy in Classical Greece CLAH30461 20 Optional
The Roman Army and the North-West Frontiers CLAH30882 20 Optional
Slavery in the Ancient Greek World CLAH30992 20 Optional
Egypt in the Graeco-Roman Worl CLAH31401 20 Optional
The Roman Outlook: Hellenisation & Roman Values, 200BC - AD100 CLAH31431 20 Optional
National Identity and the Roman Past CLAH33022 20 Optional
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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 is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk