Landscape Archaeology Stream
List A (Assessed by Written Examination)
This course provides and overview of the key issues in landscape archaeology, highlighting the approaches and methods employed in the recording, management and interpretation of the archaeological landscape. It will explore the theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches which have furthered our understanding of the development of the cultural and physical landscape.
Topics will include:
- space vs. place
- funerary landscapes
- designed landscapes
- landscape and identity
- aerial archaeology
- archaeological prospection
- historic landscape characterisation
This course will provide students with a robust understanding of the approaches that are used in landscape archaeology, enable them to critically evaluate the datasets that are used to study past landscapes and apply appropriate methods to their own research.
List B (Assessed by two 5000-Word Essays)
This Module provides a practical introduction to the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in archaeology. GIS has transformed the way in which archaeologists manage spatial data, think about spatial relationships and engage the public in research. The analytical, interpretative and communicative potential of GIS will be explored within the broader context of spatial archaeology, highlighting the methodological and theoretical implications of GIS-based approaches with reference to key case studies.
This module introduces the concepts of space, tools of representation and processes of reasoning which underpin archaeological applications of GIS. Students will learn how to critically evaluate the methods employed by other researchers and apply appropriate methods to datasets created during practical classes and their own research.