MODULE DESCRIPTION 2017-2018


AUTUMN SEMESTER 20 CREDITS



AAP3006 LATER NEOLITHIC AND BRONZE AGE BRITAIN & IRELAND



CO-ORDINATOR: BOB JOHNSTON
OTHER TUTORS:


MODULE OUTLINE

The module introduces the Later Neolithic and Bronze Age of Britain and Ireland (2800-750 BC). This period witnessed dramatic and lasting changes in the constitution of society, the formation of the landscape, and the meanings of material culture. These changes included the full adoption of agriculture, the construction of major ceremonial monuments such as Stonehenge, the flourishing and decline of novel burial rites, the development of metallurgy, and the widespread enclosure of the countryside into field systems. Through lectures, small-group discussion, and fieldtrips, we will review and debate the major themes that have dominated archaeological narratives of the period.


BROAD ACADEMIC AIMS AND PRINCIPLES OF THE UNIT

• Offer an advanced introduction to the diverse range of evidence and the chronological frameworks relevant to the social archaeology of Britain during the Neolithic and Bronze Age.
• Provide a critical overview of the key debates and theoretical approaches concerning the Neolithic and Bronze Age, and place them within the broader context of changing perspectives in archaeology.
• Develop students’ abilities in judging between relevant academic arguments.
• Encourage students to engage with current research debates, and develop critical perspectives and evidence-based arguments.
• Foster students’ skills in presenting complex ideas, arguments and critical analysis during seminars and in written contributions.


MEASUREABLE LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this module students should be able to demonstrate:
• models of social reproduction which have been employed for the period.
• the range of monuments, artefacts and settlement remains which characterise the period.
• approaches to landscape analysis incorporating environmental data with the distribution of archaeological remains.
• the temporal scales of analysis currently employed in archaeology.
• approaches to the writing of an archaeological history of the period.


STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND INDEPENDENT STUDY

Type Hours
Lectures/Group Work 12
Tutorial 1
Fieldwork 12
Independent/Group Study (including preparation for assessments) 175


ASSESSMENT

Method % of marks Length / words
Mid Term 40% 1500
End of Term 60% 3000


EXAMPLE LECTURE/SEMINAR TITLES

  • Seven million lives: introduction to the Later Neolithic and Bronze Age
  • Assembling communities and monuments
  • Fieldtrip to Arbor Low
  • Crafting identity in Early Bronze Age
  • Kith and kin in Early Bronze Age mortuary practices
  • Fieldtrip to Big Moor
  • On Land: living and farming in the Bronze Age
  • Violent performances: fragmented objects and communities in the later Bronze Age
  • Fieldtrip to Gardom’s Edge