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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Postgraduate (History, Classics and Archaeology)

Postgraduate Course: Gallia from the Third Century BC to Augustus (PGHC11066)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) 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 None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a detailed and critical command of the body of knowledge concerning the Late Iron Age in Gallia and the neighbouring regions, including the changing theoretical approaches which have underpinned the archaeological study of this final period of the 1st Millennium BC
  2. Demonstrate an ability to analyse and reflect critically upon archaeological evidence and relevant scholarship concerning the development of large sanctuaries and early urban centres in temperate Europe
  3. Demonstrate the ability to develop and sustain original scholarly arguments in oral and written form in seminar discussions by independently formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence considered in the course
  4. Demonstrate in seminar discussions originality and independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers; and a considerable degree of autonomy
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
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Timetable is arranged annually;
Course organiserDr Manuel Fernandez-Gotz
Tel: (0131 6)51 5223
Course secretaryMr Gordon Littlejohn
Tel: (0131 6)50 3782
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