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Undergraduate Course: Gallia from the 3rd Century BC to Augustus (ARCA10027)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe period from the 3rd to the 1st centuries BC witnessed major social and economic changes in temperate Europe, and particularly in Gaul. Some of the key elements are the development of great open agglomerations and fortified centres (oppida), the appearance of supra-local sanctuaries, the introduction of coinage production and a process of increasing social differentiation.
Course description This course enables students to study the archaeological evidence of a selected portion of the Iron Age record of the nearer continent and to consider it in relation to historical sources (dominantly Julius Caesar's de Bello Gallico in translation) and numismatic evidence. The period concerned is substantially protohistoric (i.e. the archaeology is 'text-aided') and is apparently one of relatively rapid change, and of increasing social, political, economic and cultural complexity. There are opportunities to assess the evidence furnished by archaeological approaches in relation to current theoretical perspectives. The course also provides a relatively close-focus view on the different archaeological perspectives prevalent in other European research traditions - primarily France and Germany.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Pre-requisites: Archaeology 2A and 2B, or Honours entry to degrees in Classics, or equivalent.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Archaeology courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of source material;
  4. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
  5. demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
Arnold, B & Gibson, B (eds.) (1995): Celtic chiefdom, Celtic state. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Collis, J. (1984): Oppida: Earliest towns north of the Alps. Sheffield University Press, Sheffield.
Collis, J. (2006): The Celts. Origins, Myths and Inventions. Stroud: Tempus.
Fernández-Götz, M.; Wendling, H. and Winger, K. (eds.) (2014): Paths to Complexity - Centralisation and Urbanisation in Iron Age Europe. Oxbow Books, Oxford.
Fernández-Götz, M. (2014): Identity and Power: the transformation of Iron Age societies in northeast Gaul. Amsterdam Archaeological Studies 21. Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam.
Fernández-Götz, M. (2014): Reassessing the Oppida: The Role of Power and Religion. Oxford Journal of Archaeology 33 (4): 379-394.
Haselgrove, C. & Moore, T (eds.) (2007): The Later Iron Age in Britain and beyond. Oxbow Books, Oxford.
Moore, T & Armada, X.-L. (eds.) (2011): Atlantic Europe in the First Millennium BC. Crossing the Divide. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Moore, T./A. Braun/J. Creighton/L. Cripps/P Haupt/I. Klenner/P. Nouvel/C. Ponroy/M. Schönfelder (2013): Oppida, agglomerations and suburbia: the Bibracte environs and new perspectives on Late Iron Age urbanism in Central-Eastern France. European Journal of Archaeology 16 (3): 491-517.
Wells, P.S. (2011): 'The Iron Age', in S. Milisauskas (ed.), European Prehistory. A Survey (2nd edition). Springer, New York: 405-460.
Wendling, H. (2013): Manching Reconsidered: New Perspectives on Settlement Dynamics and Urbanization in Iron Age Central Europe. European Journal of Archaeology 16 (3): 459-490.
Additional Information
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Course organiserDr Manuel Fernandez-Gotz
Tel: (0131 6)51 5223
Course secretaryMrs Summer Wight
Tel: (0131 6)50 4580
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