|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
This module focuses on the archaeology of the period 1500-present within the British Isles. It begins with an examination of the ‘consumer revolution’ after 1500, and looks at the role of archaeology in studying artefacts and consumer tastes in the early modern period. We then move on to look at archaeological approaches to key changes in British landscapes and townscapes from 1500-1800, and include here an examination of the impact of the dissolution of the monasteries, the Civil War, and colonial expansion ‘at home’ in Britain.
The middle section of the course looks at the Industrial era (c.1750-1900), exploring the aims and methods of industrial archaeology (an archaeological discipline in its own right), and looking at the social changes resulting from industrialisation. The final part of the course explores the archaeology of the 20th and 21st centuries, focusing on changing attitudes to death after 1900, the First and Second World Wars, and the emerging archaeology of modern mass consumerism.
Throughout this module we make use of contemporary documentary sources (from probate inventories to factory inspectors reports), examining the ways in which historical archaeologists utilise these documents alongside excavation data in writing the history of the recent past. We also examine the relationship between archaeology and heritage presentation, exploring the sometimes contentious issues that surround the public presentation of recent historical phenomena.
The aims of this module are:
1. To develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the material culture of the period 1500-present
2. To expand students’ understanding of the relationship between documentary sources and archaeological data that characterises historical archaeology as a discipline
3. To examine and engage in debates about the range of interpretative frameworks available for modelling cultural change in Britain after 1500
4. To foster an understanding of the role of archaeology in studying the very recent past
A Lec Introduction to the course/defining ‘post-medieval’ and ‘historical’ archaeology
B Lec ‘Consumerism and the global world of ‘things’ c.1500-1750
A Lec Artefact studies: themes, issues and approaches
B Lec Willow Pattern: reading ceramics from the inside out
A Lec Tudor landscapes: the archaeology of houses and gardens
B Lec The first colony: historical archaeology in Ireland
A Lec James Deetz in the UK: the archaeology of the Georgian period (1714-1830)
B Sem Housing culture: reading Deetz and Johnson
A Lec Landscape change in the age of ‘improvement’: from enclosure to the polite landscape
B Sem History and heritage in the slave trade port cities
A Lec Industrial archaeology in the UK today: aims, themes and issues
B Sem Steel city: the archaeology of Sheffield
A Lec The archaeology of 19th century labour
B Sem From home to factory: history, archaeology and textile workers
A Lec The archaeology of the post-medieval dead
B Sem Grave concerns – Spitalfields and its impact on the archaeology of the recent dead
A Lec The contemporary past: themes and issues in 20th and 21st century archaeology
A Lec What is artefact biography?
A Lec The archaeology of industrialised warfare: WW1, WW2 and beyond
B Sem: Artefact biography: three details case studies
A Sem 20th century artefact studies
B Lec Christmas: a material culture history
Two essay writing classes A Bibliographies and referencing and B Proofreading
We have SIX two-hour practical classes, scheduled fortnightly:
1 (Week 1) Using historical documents: a guide to available resources (with case study on the historical archaeology of slave shipping)
2 (Week 3) How to make a cup of tea: exploring the tea ritual in England
3(Week 5) Ovenstone miners’ cottages I: researching 19th century household goods.
4 (week 7) Ovenstone miners’ cottages II: researching 19th century household goods.
5 (week 9) 18th century graves and how to record them: St Andrews Church, Newcastle
6 (week 11) How to eat your dinner: the material culture of dining practices from 1600-1900
We also have a fieldtrip to Beamish museum (6 hrs) to investigate everyday material culture in the Georgian farmhouse (and much else besides). Your entrance fee to Beamish will be paid for you.
This trip will need to take place on a Saturday: details to be arranged.
• Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding at an intensive level of selected aspects of the archaeology of Britain from 1500-present.
• Students will demonstrate a detailed awareness of the role of archaeology in expanding our understanding of the period 1500-present
• Students will be familiar with a variety of interpretative frameworks for modelling cultural change in the period 1500-present, and will show an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of these models.
• Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of selected national and regional archaeological remains and heritage resources
In order to complete the module successfully, all students must demonstrate that they have developed skills in:
• Reading, understanding, critiquing historical and archaeological data
• Analysing and evaluating archaeologists’ use of evidence.
• Critical reading and reasoning, sustained discussion and appropriate presentation of results
• The recognition and interpretation of selected artefact categories
• An ability to appreciate the political and social significance of selected archaeological remains, and to take a responsible attitude to their study, interpretation, preservation and presentation
|Graduate Skills Framework Applicable:||Yes|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||15||1:00||15:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||53||1:00||53:00||1/3 of guided independent studies|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||53||1:00||53:00||1/3 of guided independent studies|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||6||2:00||12:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||9||1:00||9:00||Seminars|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Fieldwork||1||6:00||6:00||Field trip to Beamish Museum|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||52||1:00||52:00||1/3 of guided independent studies|
Lectures offer a broad overview of the historical archaeology of one of four selected case-studies areas. Seminars examine one aspect of that week’s overview in greater depth. These sessions always involve some group work, and are designed to tie in to, and support, the set written work. Advance (group) preparatory work is required for the seminars. The 6 practical sessions involve ‘hands on’ study of artefacts in museum collections, and/or historical documents.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||1||M||50||Assessed Essay (2,000 words) due Week 8, Semester 1|
|Written exercise||1||M||50||Assessed 20th Century Artefact Biography (2,000 words) due Week 12, Semester 1|
Assessment 2 (20th Century Artefact Biography) comprises a study of 20th century artefacts, and in most cases will involve oral interviews with grandparents, parents, elderly friends etc. Students study a ‘display group’ (for example, items on a windowsill, or a mantelpiece) and undertake research (including where possible the recording of oral memories) on the identity and transmission histories of the items, and the associated memories of those who have owned/known them. As an alternative, students can select a single war memorial and carry out research on the memorial, and selected individuals named on it.
The lectures provide a broad overview of the historical archaeology of the period/theme under study. The seminars and practical sessions will examine one aspect of that week’s overview in greater depth. These are designed to tie in to, and support, the set written work.
ERASMUS students at Newcastle One 2,000 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 work required of domestic students. It remains the case that, if an ERASMUS student specifically requests that s/he be permitted to do the same assessments as the domestic students, that option remains open to them. No variation of the deadlines will be allowed except on production of medical or equivalent evidence.
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