Landscape Archaeology (B): Case Studies in Ancient Landscapes

Birmingham Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity

College of Arts and Law


Code 18610

Level of study Third/Final 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 organised into two parts: (A) Landscape Archaeology: Investigation and Interpretation (semester I, 20 cr) and (B) Landscape Archaeology: Case Studies in Ancient Landscapes (semester II, 20 cr).

Landscape Archaeology (B): Case Studies in Ancient Landscapes - the course considers approaches to the study and interpretation of ancient 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).