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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Lifelong Learning (HCA)

Undergraduate Course: Archaeology of Scotland: Stone and Bronze, the Early Prehistory (LLLE07017)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis is a for-credit course offered by the Office of Lifelong Learning (OLL); only students registered with OLL should be enrolled.

A wide-ranging introduction to the culture and landscape of early prehistoric Scotland, from the first hunter-gatherers to the origin of metalworking. This survey of archaeological sites will focus on reconstructing the economy, society and ideology of prehistoric people. This course provides an opportunity to handle excavated materials.
Course description Content of course
1. The history and practice of archaeology in Scotland
2. The nature of the archaeological record of Scotland
3. The initial colonisation of Scotland: the evidence for Scotland's first settlers
4. Early hunter-gatherers: culture and society
5. Later hunter-gatherers and the transition to farming
6. Early farmers: settlement and subsistence
7. Case Studies of Orkney: a Neolithic landscape
8. Ritual and monumentality in the Scottish landscape
9. The Beaker phenomenon and the introduction of metallurgy
10. The Bronze Age: society, weapons and warfare
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements none
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course students should be able to:
Demonstrate an appropriate understanding of relevant archaeological methods and techniques - the identification, recovery, documenting, analysis and interpretation of archaeological evidence.
Critically evaluate archaeological evidence and interpretations, presenting a logical, reasoned argument.
Describe the chronology and framework of society and settlement in the early prehistoric periods of Scotland.
Reading List
Essential Reading/Course Textbook
Edwards, K.J. & I. B. Ralston, I.B., 2003. Scotland After the Ice Age. Environment, Archaeology and History 8000 BC-AD 1000. Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press.
Key Texts for Further Reading
Barclay, G., 2005. Farmers, Temples and Tombs: Scotland in the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age. Birlinn Ltd., 2nd revised edition, Historic Scotland.
Finlayson, B., 2005. Wild Harvesters: the first people in Scotland. Birlinn Ltd, 2nd revised edition, Historic Scotland.
Web sources
http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/
Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland:
http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/catalogue/library/psas/?CFID=2659909&CFTOKEN=63073485
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements This is a for-credit course offered by the Office of Lifelong Learning (OLL); only students registered with OLL should be enrolled
KeywordsZZoll
Contacts
Course organiserMs Martine Pierquin
Tel: (0131 6)51 1182
Email: m.pierquin@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMrs Sabine Murdoch
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
Email: Sabine.Murdoch@ed.ac.uk
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