ARA3036 : Neolithic & Early Bronze Age Britain in its European Context
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Chris Fowler
- Lecturer: Dr Eric Tourigny, Dr Lisa-Marie Shillito
- Visiting Lecturer: Dr Peter Topping
- Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
This module aims to provide students with an advanced understanding of social, cultural, and economic developments in the British Isles from c. 4000 BC to c. 1500 BC. The module will explore changes in how and where people lived, what and how they ate, what they did with their dead, how they moved during their lifetimes and how they interacted with one another at differing scales, the places they built and altered, the things that shaped their daily lives, and their understandings of life, death, community and the cosmos.
The module also aims to provide students with a detailed knowledge of current debates in the interpretation of Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Britain - from how we interpret the art and monuments of the period to how we assess the evidence used to infer dramatic changes in diet and/or populations in some centuries. The module aims to stimulate students to reflect on how arguments about the interpretation of the prehistoric past are produced, and evaluate the contribution made by different approaches to various kinds of archaeological evidence.
The majority of the module will focus on Britain, but some sessions will also include parts of Ireland, and throughout reference will be made to how the British evidence fits in with (or sometimes contrasts with) the evidence from the near Continent.
Outline Of Syllabus
Although session titles may vary from year to year the following syllabus is indicative of the kind of topics that will be taught and the weekly teaching pattern.
Lectures/presentations (2 hrs)/ Seminars/presentations (1 hr)
The basics: What, where and when / Projects, presentations and essays
Material culture: Earlier Neolithic; Later Neolithic/ Mines and quarries
Subsistence and consumption: Earlier Neolithic; Later Neolithic / Neolithic foodways
Dwelling: Earlier Neolithic; Later Neolithic / ‘House societies?’
Monuments and landscapes: Earlier Neolithic; Later Neolithic / Cosmology (architecture and art)
Death: Earlier Neolithic; Later Neolithic / Mortuary practices
Student presentations: Neolithic projects / Student presentations: Neolithic projects
Identity and mobility: Earlier Neolithic; Later Neolithic; EBA / Debating identity and mobility: aDNA, isotopes, material culture, architecture
Change and continuity: the later second millennium /The Beaker phenomenon
Death and Material Culture: Beakers to Cordoned Urns / Early Bronze Age mortuary practices
Monuments and landscapes: Chalcolithic to Early Bronze Age / Cosmology (architecture and art)
Student presentations: EBA projects / Student presentations: EBA projects
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||53||1:00||53:00||1/3 of guided independent studies|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||10||2:00||20:00||Lectures|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||53||1:00||53:00||1/3 of guided independent studies|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||10||1:00||10:00||Seminars|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||6||1:00||6:00||Student presentations|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Fieldwork||1||6:00||6:00||Fieldtrip|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||52||1:00||52:00||1/3 of guided independent studies|
Jointly Taught With
|ARA8036||Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Britain in its European Context|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Key knowledge about the archaeological evidence and main interpretive approaches will be provided through lectures. Each lecture topic will also have an associated seminar for which students will each read a text and discuss it with the rest of the class and the seminar leader. The fieldtrip will provide first-hand experience of relevant archaeological sites in their landscape setting.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||1||M||40||2000 words maximum|
|Essay||1||M||60||3000 words maximum|
|Oral Presentation||1||M||On topic of long assignment|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Students complete two summatively assessed assignments – a long and a short assignment. One deadline is mid-module the other in the assessment period following the end of the module. Each student may choose whether to do their long assignment for the first deadline or the second, and must do the short assignment for the other deadline. Each student will give a 15 minute presentation on their long assignment topic in a student presentation workshop timed for 1-2 weeks before the assignment submission deadline. Formative verbal feedback will be provided on each presentation.
The long assignment will be a project designed to explore one aspect of the module in depth, focussed on exploring a theme within one region or period, or critically evaluating a specific line of argument in detail (e.g. the argument for interpreting Late Neolithic communities in Orkney as ‘house societies’). The short assignment is designed to consider a more general thematic issue at a broader scale (e.g. how we interpret changes in settlement evidence during the British Neolithic). This combination tests different aspects of the students’ knowledge, and research and writing skills.
All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will take the form of an alternative assessment, as outlined in the formats below:
Modules assessed by Coursework and Exam:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be one essay in addition to the other coursework assessment (the length of the essay should be adjusted in order to comply with the assessment tariff); to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.
Modules assessed by Exam only:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 2,000 word written exercises; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.
Modules assessed by Coursework only:
All semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be expected to complete the standard assessment for the module; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.