Landscape Archaeology B: Case Studies in Ancient Landscapes

Birmingham Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity

College of Arts and Law


Code 18608

Level of study Second Year

Credit value 20

Semester 1

Pre-requisite modules n/a

Other pre-requisites n/a

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 Archaelogy B: Case Studies in Ancient Landscapes - In Semester II the course considers approaches to the study and interpretation of past landscapes using case studies drawn from distinct cultural landscapes/environments or periods (such as the chalklands of southern Britain, island landscapes of northern Britain, and wetland landscapes).

Teaching and learning methods