Welcome to Archaeology
Welcome to Archaeology at Canterbury Christ Church University where we now offer two exciting archaeology degree options - Combined Honours Archaeology, which allows you to study Archaeology alongside a second subject including History, Geography and English; and Single Honours History with Archaeology, which enables you to study Archaeology as a "minor" subject while mostly focusing on History.
Archaeology is the study of the human past through material evidence. It encompasses a broad spectrum of practical and academic skills which involve both science and the arts. Archaeology is a fascinating subject in itself, but it also introduces you to skills which are relevant to a wide variety of career paths.
Our programmes allow you to experience the intellectual challenges of archaeology, while enjoying the opportunity to venture more broadly in history or another subject. In each year of the degree you will have the opportunity to take archaeology modules that integrate hands-on practical experience with the detailed study of societies and cultures from a range of time periods stretching from early prehistory through to 1600 AD. You will explore the principals of archaeological interpretation and gain practical experience through fully-funded work-based placements.
There are several thousand professional archaeologists working within Britain, but Archaeology also introduces you to skills which are relevant to a range of career paths in both the commercial and public sectors, particularly in areas of education, heritage, media, conservation, museums and tourism. The programme also provides you with a basis for going on to study at postgraduate level.
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What will you study?
In Year 1, all Archaeology students - Combined Honours, History with Archaeology Single Honours- take Archaeological Skills. This module introduces you to the discipline of archaeology. It will provide you with essential research skills, and prepare you for further study by introducing key archaeological theories, methods and practices. The remaining Year 1 modules consist of broad surveys of the major periods that you will encounter at Year 2 and Year 3. Hence our two Introductions - to ‘Medieval Studies’ and ‘Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology’. These introductions not only provide you with a solid grounding in important areas of the past, but will allow you to make considered judgements as to which modules you will take in your two subsequent years of study.
In both Years 2 and 3 Combined Honours students will undertake fully-funded work-based placements, during which you will be given the opportunity participate in archaeological research projects in Britain and aboard. In addition you will be able to choose from a variety of modules spanning a range of time periods and themes.
Year 1 Archaeology or Archaeology-themed modules
Indicative Year 2 Archaeology or Archaeology-themed modules
Indicative Year 3 Archaeology or Archaeology-themed modules