Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Do you have a genuine interest in the material culture of the past? On this course you will study from a broad chronological and geographical perspective, with topics ranging from prehistoric Britain to Greek sculpture, and the Roman Middle East to medieval Italy. You will learn the essential analytical techniques of archaeology to develop your understanding of the relationship between theory and practice in the interpretation of material remains. Practical archaeological experience is a key element of the degree, and includes learning through the resources of archives, collections and practice in the field.

This course is ideal if you have a keen interest in understanding the past through people’s relationships with things and places. We will encourage you to access written, graphic and material evidence (including skills in dealing with data), and to question accepted histories, so that you will develop the ability to construct and present convincing archaeological arguments through text and image.

Course Modules

The BA Archaeology is a structured programme of taught modules, designed to develop historical and archaeological understanding and critical skills. The study of archaeology develops the ability to understand how people lived, acted with their physical environment and thought in the past. We encourage you to assess written and material evidence and to question accepted histories, so that you will develop the ability to construct and present a convincing argument. The course includes a wide variety of options across a span of prehistoric, ancient and medieval periods, from Britain to the near East.

The programme consists of 11 modules. You will be required to undertake 20 days of archaeological fieldwork, part of which is provided via our fieldwork modules.

In Year 1, you take three compulsory modules, including a fieldwork module, and choose one Level 4 option module.

In Year 2, you take two compulsory modules, including a fieldwork module, and choose two Level 5 option modules.

In Year 3, you choose two Level 6 option modules and write a dissertation.

YEAR 1 COMPULSORY MODULES:

Approaching the Past;

Discovering Archaeology: From Field to Finds Room.

YEAR 2 COMPULSORY MODULES:

Exploring the Past;

Fieldschool: Buried Humanities.

YEAR 3 COMPULSORY MODULE:

Writing the Past: Dissertation.

INDICATIVE LEVEL 4 OPTION MODULES:

The Ancient World;

The Archaeology of Greece and Rome.

INDICATIVE LEVEL 5 OPTION MODULES:

Beginnings: The Archaeology of Prehistory;

Between God and Rome: the Byzantine Empire 307'1453;

Cultural Interaction in the Archaic Greek World;

From Ancient to Medieval Societies, Third to Eleventh Centuries;

Living in the Middle Ages: from Cookery to Castles;

Under the Volcano ' the First and Last Days of Pompeii.

INDICATIVE LEVEL 6 OPTION MODULES:

Bioarchaeology;

The Archaeology of Human Evolution;

The Athenian Empire;

The Empire of Letters: Correspondence in the Roman World.

Start Date:

10/2019

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £13,350 Overseas Fees
4 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £6,935 Home Fees
4 years
Part Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £10,025 Overseas Fees