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Undergraduate Course: Archaeology 2A: Scotland before History (ARCA08013)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course covers the archaeology and prehistory of Scotland from the very earliest human settlement in the tenth millennium BC until the end of the Iron Age and the Roman Occupation in the first millennium AD.
Course description The course provides in-depth coverage of the various periods of the archaeology of Scotland from the very earliest human settlement in the tenth millennium BC until the end of the Roman occupation in the first half of the first millennium AD. Practical aspects of the course will introduce students to the study and interpretation of archaeological artefacts, sites and remains using Scottish material relevant to the course.
This academic year, a field trip to archaeological sites and a joint visit to the Museum of Scotland may not be possible in which case online alternatives will be offered.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( Archaeology 1A (ARCA08004) AND Archaeology 1B (ARCA08005))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 1 introductory level Archaeology or cognate subject course at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.

High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 164 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework:
3 Practical reports, 1000 words each or equivalent where forms need to be completed (20% each)
Class Test (40%)
Feedback Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the tutor/Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the archaeology of Scotland and of aspects of the practice of archaeology;
  2. Assimilate a variety of sources and to work with archaeological material and to assess them and formulate critical opinions on them;
  3. Research, structure and complete written and practical work of a specified length and format, and within a specified time;
  4. Make informed contributions to class discussion and activities;
  5. Organise their own learning, manage their workload, and work to a timetable.
Reading List
Armit, I., 1997 Celtic Scotland, Edinburgh and London: B T Batsford/Historic Scotland.

Ashmore, P. J., 1996, Neolithic and Bronze Age Scotland, Edinburgh and London: B T Batsford/Historic Scotland.

Breeze, D. J. 2006, Roman Scotland: Frontier Country, Edinburgh and London: B T Batsford/Historic Scotland.

Edwards, K. J. and Ralston, I. B. M. (eds.) 2003, Scotland After the Ice Age: Environment, Archaeology and History, 8000 BC - AD 100, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Hanson, W. S. and Slater, E. A. (eds.) 1991, Scottish Archaeology; new perceptions, Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press.

Harding, D. W. H., 2004, The Iron Age in Northern Britain: Celts and Romans, Natives and Invaders, London: Routeledge.

Hunter, J. and Ralston, I. B. M. (eds.), 2006, The Archaeology of Britain: an introduction from earliest times to the twenty-first century, London: Routeledge.

Shepherd, I. A. G. and Barclay, G. J. 2004, Scotland in Ancient Europe: the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age of Scotland in their European Context, Edinburgh: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

Warren, G., 2005, Mesolithic Lives in Scotland, Stroud: Tempus.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsArch2A Scot bf Hist
Course organiserDr Andrew Lamb
Course secretaryMiss Marketa Vejskalova
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