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The Athens trip is run in May by Dr Sally Waite. It is a key part of her Graduate Seminar in Greek Archaeology.
This trip is for students taking module CAH8006 - Graduate Seminar in Greek Archaeology.
Planning for the trip begins before Christmas. There'll be a special meeting for all MA students taking CAH8006 in Semester 2. You'll be given a booklet with maps and plans, itinerary, risk assessment etc.
Activities and sites
As much as possible is crammed into a few days to minimise costs for students. Two full days, properly planned, are enough to see the main sites and museums of central Athens.
Our itinerary allows us to travel everywhere by foot, except for one destination, the National Museum.
Past activities have included the Acropolis Museum, an early-evening tour of the British School at Athens's library and an evening lecture on underwater archaeology.
Sites visited include the Acropolis and Acropolis museum, Kerameikos, Olympieion, National Archaeological Museum and the Agora.
Students are encouraged to participate fully by asking questions and giving presentations in museums and on site.
In addition to visiting sites, you'll get a chance to socialise over drinks and dinner.
You can organise to stay in Greece longer if you want to. Students often travel for a few days in Greece before or after the Athens trip to visit Delphi and Olympia.
The Rome Residential Seminar is run by Professor Ian Haynes, the Head of Archaeology at Newcastle. It is a key part of the Graduate Seminar in Roman Archaeology.
This trip is for students taking module ARA8050 Graduate Seminar in Roman Archaeology. It takes place at the end of Semester 1.
Activities and sites
The packed itinerary for the week begins at the Roman Forum. This is followed by sessions at the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine and the Church of St Clement.
Day two takes in the Forum of Caesar, the Imperial fora including Trajan’s Column and Trajan’s Markets. The afternoon is dedicated to visiting a major museum/study collection.
Day three begins at the Ara Pacis and includes the Column of Marcus Aurelius and Faustina, the Pantheon and Hadrian’s Mausoleum.
The final day begins with Theatre of Marcellus, before going on to examine the Round Temple, the Baths of Caracalla and the Cathedral of St John Lateran and the Lateran Baptistery.
At each location, students are expected to deliver an on-site presentation.
You can spend your remaining time pursuing your own particular research interests, such as a study of the catacombs or the cities of Vesuvius.
You can organise to stay in Italy longer if you want to. Students often travel for a few days in Italy before or after the Rome trip to visit site such as Herculaneum and Pompeii.
Our programmes combine dedicated, small-group teaching of the highest quality with independent research.
We have research and teaching collections at the Great North Museum: Hancock and at the School.
We provide quality, small group teaching. This gives you a level of familiarity with artefacts, which most university students could only dream of.
Several of our modules include field trips as part of their delivery at sites both in the UK and abroad.
You'll receive training in research methods. You'll study a combination of compulsory and optional modules in archaeology.
Further options in other subjects at Newcastle University are also available.
Hands-on skills modulesHands-on skills modules
Gain hands-on skills to deepen your subject-specific knowledge in archaeology in the following modules:
ARA8186 Ancient Technologies: Understanding Metalwork is good for building archaeology skills. You'll learn two methods of metalwork analysis: metallography and use-wear analysis.
ARA8025 Advanced Seminar in Artefact Studies let you work with a range of artefacts.
ARA8120 Recording Historic Buildings gives you a chance to investigate a building on site. You'll use specialist surveying equipment and computer software for recording and interpretation.
Other archaeology options incorporate seminar-based teaching. This requires significant amounts of library research and active participation in class. Several of these modules also involve field trips.
ARA8234 Landscape Archaeology: Theory and Practice will enable you to develop your skills in landscape research, analysis and management.
Modules from other disciplinesModules from other disciplines
You can also take optional modules from other disciplines, schools and faculties within the University. The system also lets you take modules that are not formally listed in the programme regulations.
Popular optional choices outside archaeology include Latin or Greek, Modern Languages, Geographical Information Systems and Museums and Heritage Studies.
Optional modules in other disciplines are subject to timetabling. You'll also need the permission of the Degree Programme Director.
All students complete a dissertation in semester 3 on a research question of their choice.
This project is a substantial piece of research, up to 14,000 words. It is carried out with the supervision of an academic in the subject of the candidate’s named degree programme.
Additional experienceAdditional experience
We encourage MA students to add to their learning experience while with us.
You're most welcome to sit in on relevant undergraduate lectures offered in archaeology and history. This is especially helpful if you've transferred from another discipline.
You're encouraged to fully participate in the research culture of the School by actively contributing to a range of thematic research strands, which meet regularly throughout the semesters.
We have access to major museum collections dating from prehistory to the post-medieval period.
Greek and Roman collections
Our world-class Greek and Roman collections include armour, coinage, sculpture and pottery. They are an ideal resource for developing expertise and doing ‘hands-on’ work with material culture.
Our Roman material contains artefacts from almost every major site on Hadrian’s Wall. It has one of the most important collections of inscriptions from Roman Britain - an invaluable asset of international importance.
Great North Museum (GNM) research library
This research library brings together our extensive and internationally important collections in prehistory, classical and historical archaeology.
It holds a world-class collection of artefacts and epigraphy from Hadrian’s Wall.
Our collection of books at the University library offers one of the best resources for the study of Greek art and archaeology in the UK.
Gertrude Bell Archive
We are fortunate to have access to the Gertrude Bell Archive. This includes papers, letters, diaries, 6,000 photographs and Bell’s own library.
This is a major resource for the teaching of Byzantine archaeology and early Islamic archaeology in particular.
Other important sources for the study of Byzantine archaeology include the Michael Gough Archive and the substantial collection of publications in both the GNM and Robinson libraries.
The Shefton Collection of Greek Art and Archaeology at the Great North Museum is named after its founder, Professor Brian Shefton. Professor Shefton taught Greek archaeology at Newcastle University from 1955 to 1984.
One of the main strengths of the collection is the extensive range of pottery, covering all the major periods of Greek history from the Mycenaean to the Hellenistic.
Find out more about these Greek objects on the Great North Museum website.