Landscape Archaeology (A): Investigation and Interpretation

Birmingham Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity

College of Arts and Law


Code 18607

Level of study Second Year

Credit value 20

Semester 1

Module description

Landscape is a prominent theme in modern archaeology, drawing upon a very wide range of inter-disciplinary approaches (eg from geography, environmental sciences, anthropology, history, art history) to explore a diverse set of interpretative themes such as landscape reconstruction, economic and political landscapes, idealised landscapes, and cultural resource management. This course provides an introduction to technical, methodological and theoretical approaches, and key areas of interpretative study.

The course is designed in two parts: Landscape Archaeology A: Investigation and Interpretation (Semester I: 20 credits) and Landscape Archaeology B: Case Studies in Ancient Landscapes (Semester II: 20 credits).

Landscape Archaeology A: Investigation and Interpretation - Introduction to the significance of landscape archaeology and the main themes explored during the course. This is followed by lectures on: (i) theoretical frameworks and interpretative themes; (ii) landscape archaeology and the modern management of past landscapes; (iii) methods of modern landscape archaeology - mapping and visualising landscapes using geophysics, GIS, VR and other media; (iv) the reconstruction of natural and human environments (large-scale and local landscape studies, river valleys, and urban landscapes).