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Undergraduate Course: Hadrian's Wall and its stakeholders, past and present (CACA10039)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryHadrian's Wall is the most important monument of Roman rule in Britain and has been the subject of academic study and popular interest for four centuries. The course aims to examine the archaeological, epigraphic and historical evidence for the Wall in order to reveal the lives and landscapes of the soldiers and civilians and how our knowledge and understanding has been changed by recent research. We will also consider the later history of the Wall and how the remains and its finds are managed and presented today.
Course description Hadrian's Wall is one of the most complex archaeological monuments in Britain and as a World Heritage Site it is one the best known examples of a Roman Frontier in Europe. This course aims to ask questions about the people and society of the frontier region who the Romans conquered as well as the military communities which garrisoned the Wall. More especially it will engage with the new approaches concerned with Identity and Multi-culturalism, and opportunities for research arising from programmes such as the Portable Antiquities Scheme. At the same time the rich epigraphic corpus of Roman Inscriptions in Britain (RIB) is now available on-line and the new Oxford Handbook to Roman Britain provides accessible new interpretations for discussion.

There will be an optional visit to view parts of the Wall and its museums.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Ancient History 2b: Themes and Theories in Ancient History (ANHI08013) OR Archaeology 2A: Scotland before History (ARCA08013)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics, History or Archaeology (at least 2 of which should be in Ancient
History) 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
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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, a knowledge of the archaeology and history of Hadrian's Wall and its contemporary significance
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship concerned with Hadrian's Wall
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise the range of primary source materials relevant for the study of Hadrian's Wall
  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 material and written sources
  5. demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers
Reading List
Breeze, D., 2006 Handbook to the Roman Wall, 14th edition, Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne

Breeze, D.J.. 2014 Hadrian's Wall: A History of Archaeological Thought, Kendal.

Collins, R., 2012 Hadrian's Wall and the end of empire, Routledge, London

Collins, R. & Symonds, M.F.A., 2013 Breaking down boundaries : Hadrian's Wall in the 21st century, JRA Supplementary Series 93, Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

Crow, J., 1995 The English Heritage Book of Housesteads, London

Hingley, R., 2012 Hadrian's Wall, a life, Oxford

Hodgson, N (ed.), 2009 Hadrian's Wall 1999-2009: A Summary of Recent Excavation and Research, Kendal

Hodgson, N., 2017 Hadrian's Wall archaeology and history at the limit of Rome¿s empire, Marlborough

Mattingly, D., 2006 An Imperial Possession: Britain in the Roman Empire 54 BC¿AD 409, London

Nesbitt, C., 2014 Multiculturalism on Hadrian's Wall, in M. Millett et al. Oxford Handbook of Roman Britain, Oxford

Symonds, M.F.A and Mason, D.A., (eds) 2009 Frontiers of Knowledge: a research framework for Hadrian's Wall, Durham, vol. 1 available online at:
Witcher, R. 2010 The Fabulous Tales of the Common People, Part 2: Encountering Hadrian's Wall. Public Archaeology, 9(4), 211-238.
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Course organiserProf Jim Crow
Course secretaryMiss Sara Dennison
Tel: (0131 6)50 2501
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