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Module

ARA1028 : Prehistoric Britain

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Chantal Conneller
  • Lecturer: Dr Lisa-Marie Shillito
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This course is designed to introduce you to the material, sites and communities that characterize the prehistoric archaeology of the British Isles. We will study these remains period by period, from the earliest human occupation in the British Isles to the Roman invasion.

This module aims:
•to provide a general grounding in the prehistoric archaeology of the British Isles;
•to emphasise the role of landscapes, archaeological sites and monuments, and material culture in how archaeologists interpret life in prehistoric Britain.

Outline Of Syllabus

Outline syllabus, intended as a guide only; week-by-week topics may be slightly different to the following

1. Introduction to British prehistory.
Outline of module structure, seminars (including presentation advice), assessment, blackboard.
Lower Palaeolithic Britain: Life at Boxgrove

2. Middle and Upper Palaeolithic Britain: Island Britain, peninsula Britain

3. Mesolithic Britain, Star Carr and other sites

4. The Mesolithic/Neolithic transition - What do we mean by the Neolithic? Where did Neolithic products and practices comes from? The earliest Neolithic in Britain

5.Later Neolithic Britain: Henges

6. Chalcolithic/Beaker period/Early Bronze Age - The British ‘Chalcolithic’ and the start of the Early Bronze Age: Beakers, burials and copper

7. Everyday Life in the middle and late Bronze Age

8. Early Iron Age Britain

9. Later Iron Age Britain: Contact with the Roman world

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable