|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
In this module we will study the archaeology of Britain from the beginning of the Roman period to the 20th century. Through lectures we will survey the nature and interpretation of the monuments and material culture of Roman Britain, the early middle ages, the later middle ages, and the post-medieval period. Lectures will also be used to help students improve their writing skills (grammar, style, presentation, structure, referencing) and develop a clear understanding of best practice in the preparation and presentation of written work at degree level. Through seminars we will investigate selected topics and themes in greater depth.
The aims of this module are therefore to:
• introduce the Roman, early medieval, late medieval and post-medieval archaeology of Britain
• introduce the interpretation of the historical periods through landscapes, monuments and material culture
• improve and enhance student writing skills
The archaeology of Roman Britain
The early middle ages: Anglo-Saxons, Britons and Vikings
The later middle ages: from the Norman Conquest to the Reformation
Post-medieval and modern archaeology: industry and consumption
1. a basic knowledge of the most common categories of Roman, early medieval, late medieval and post-medieval archaeological evidence from Britain.
2. a basic understanding of certain key themes in the historical archaeology of Britain
Intended Skill Outcomes
1. a basic ability to recognise a wide range of Roman, medieval and later monuments and artefacts
2. the ability to identify and use specialised archaeological publications including fieldwork and excavation reports and periodicals
3. the ability to analyse and relate archaeological data from the historical periods to specific key themes or questions
4. the ability to recognise common basic stylistic, grammatical, structural and presentational faults in undergraduate writing, and to self-correct written work accordingly
|Graduate Skills Framework Applicable:||Yes|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||34||1:00||34:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||72||1:00||72:00||45% of guided independent studies|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||72||1:00||72:00||45% of guided independent studies|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||6||1:00||6:00||Seminars|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||16||1:00||16:00||10% of guided independent studies|
The period-based lectures provide basic information and overviews. The 12 writing skills lectures furnish students with key skills required to produce degree level written work. Six small-group tutorials (on aspects of the four main syllabus areas) will provide opportunities for in-depth discussion and analysis based around students’ prepared presentations.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
An essay and an unseen examination will test written communication skills and students' ability to relate their knowledge to some of the main themes in the archaeology of historic periods in Britain.
Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.
All exchange students at Newcastle University including Erasmus, study-abroad, exchange proper and Loyola are warmly encouraged to do the same assessment as the domestic students unless they have compelling reasons not to do so. If this is the case, they are offered the option of writing one 3,000 word essay to be handed in by 12.00 p.m. of the Friday of the first week of the assessment period. This will replace all assessment work required of domestic students. If they wish to take up this option, students need to discuss it with their module leader, having checked with their home university that the new assessment will be accepted by them.
Students who opt for the alternative assessment because they will have to leave Newcastle University before the assessment period (excluding Erasmus students, who are contractually obliged to be at Newcastle until the end of the semester) should hand in their 3000-word essays before they go away. If this is not possible, they should tell the School exchange coordinator that they are going to submit their essays in absentia, then submit their essays through Blackboard and email copies of the essays to the School Office (firstname.lastname@example.org). Any essay received after the deadline will be considered as a late submission.
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