Undergraduate Course: Theoretical Archaeology (ARCA10064)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course explores the diverse and changing nature of the discipline of archaeology from the 19th century to the present day. Themes covered include the construction of chronologies, data recovery, classification and interpretation, cultural and processual/post-processual models and the developing role of archaeological and environmental sciences.
This core course is compulsory for all third year students enrolled on any of the following: MA Hons in Archaeology, all Joint MA Hons and BSc in Environmental Archaeology. It explores, at an advanced level, the diverse and changing nature of archaeology, from its antiquarian beginnings in the 18th-19th centuries to the more explicitly theoretical perspectives of the present day. Moreover, it investigates the emergence of archaeology as an independent discipline, the progress of archaeological thought and the intellectual relationship of archaeology with cognate disciplines in natural and social sciences, and in the humanities.
The course aims to strengthen students' engagement with the discipline, to enhance their theoretical sophistication, and to facilitate an understanding of theories and methodologies used by archaeologists to interpret the past. It also aims to develop further skills of analysis and critical appreciation of archaeological interpretation. To that end it presents archaeological ideas against the background of cognate disciplines, covering broad definitions as well as important and influential perspectives in current archaeological research.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|Prohibited Combinations|| Students MUST NOT also be taking
Theoretical Archaeology (PGHC11329)
||Other requirements|| Pre-requisites: Archaeology 2A and 2B, or Honours entry to degrees in Classics, or equivalent.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting 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. Enrolments for this course are managed by the CAHSS Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department. All enquiries to enrol must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
2,500 word Essay (50%)
500 word Minor coursework (10%)
1,000 word Seminar paper (40%)
||Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
- read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
- understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of source material;
- develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
- demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
|Bentley, R. A., H. D. G. Maschner and C. Chippindale (eds) 2008 Handbook of Archaeological Theories. Lanham, MD: AltaMira. |
Bintliff, J. L. and M. Pearce (eds) 2011 The Death of Archaeological Theory? Oxford: Oxbow.
Díaz-Andreu, M., S. Lucy, S. Babic and D. N. Edwards 2005 The Archaeology of Identity. Approaches to Gender, Age, Status, Ethnicity and Religion. London and New York: Routledge.
Hodder, I. (ed.) 2001 Archaeological Theory Today. Cambridge: Polity.
Johnson, M. 1999 Archaeological Theory: An Introduction. Oxford: Blackwell.
Kristiansen, K., L. Smejda and J. Turek (eds) 2015 Paradigm Found: Archaeological Theory - Present, Past and Future. Oxford: Oxbow.
Renfrew, C. and Bahn, P. (eds) 2005 Archaeology: The Key Concepts. London: Routledge.
Trigger, B. 2006 A History of Archaeological Thought. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Ucko, P. (ed.) 1995 Theory in Archaeology: A World Perspective. London: Routledge.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Course secretary||Miss Claire Brown
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582