Foundation Year Zero
As a student on a Faculty of Arts and Humanities Foundation Year course you will undertake 4 core modules introducing you to study in the arts and humanities and university level skills.
A module introducing you to Life and Study at university, equipping you with the personal management skills you need to make the most of your time here.
- Understanding Arts and Humanities
A module introducing research methods and key skills, such as academic writing, referencing, presentations and critical reading.
A module introducing modernity and how it is identified and researched. You will choose your own individual example of modernism, whether it be an object, a work of art, an idea or a piece of literature.
A module designed to equip you with the skills relating to your chosen subject area, providing you with a seamless transition to level 4/year one.
In addition you will be offered two complementary modules, one to be studied in each semester. For this subject you will study:
You will study basic academic approaches within the field of Archaeology, by exploring methods such as excavation, landscape study and finds analysis.
- Archaeology of the British Isles
You will study key aspects of the archaeology of the British Isles from the Lower Palaeolithic (0.7 million years ago) to the present day. You will explore themes such as life and death, hunting and farming, settlement and monumentality and art and culture.
Introduction to Archaeology (20 credits)
In this module we will introduce you to the main theories and methods of archaeology. We will also provide you with the key study skills that you will use throughout your degree.
Archaeological Skills (Single Honours Only) (20 credits)
This module introduces you to the main field and laboratory techniques used in archaeological research. You will gain practical experience of a range of research methods, including Geographic Information Systems, and those related to osteoarchaeology and artefact analysis.
Introduction to the Ancient World (20 credits)
This module introduces you to the cultures and civilisations of the Ancient World through the examination of historical and archaeological evidence will include art, religion, politics, and society.
Archaeology of Prehistoric Britain (20 credits)
This module is about prehistoric Britain, from the arrival of early humans hundreds of thousands of years ago to the arrival of the Romans in the first century AD. ‘Prehistoric’ periods are those without textual evidence, and so for this module we rely solely on archaeological evidence and interpretation.
Archaeology of Roman Britain (20 credits)
This module introduces you to the history and archaeology of Britain from Caesar's invasions to the early fifth century. Textual sources and archaeological evidence are compared, contrasted, and combined to formulate a more complete understanding of this pivotal period in Britain's past.
Archaeology of Medieval Britain (20 credits)
In this module you will explore the archaeology of Medieval Britain from AD 400 to 1500. You will look at themes such as the end of Roman Britain, the creation of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, the Norman Conquest, and the making of the medieval landscape.
Please note that module titles and whether they are core or optional may be subject to change.
Fieldwork Placement I (20 credits)
This module introduces you to the basic techniques and fundamental skills of archaeological fieldwork through hands-on experience over the course of a four-week work-based placement, primarily in field archaeology but in some cases within the wider heritage sector. Placements are coordinated and administered by the Archaeology staff in cooperation with external partner organisations and projects. Standard placements take place during the summer.
Approaches to Archaeological Interpretation (20 credits)
This module introduces you to the range of approaches known as ‘archaeological theory’. It emphasises that theory underpins everything we do as archaeologists, from data collection and analysis to interpretation and dissemination of knowledge about the past. Emphasis is placed upon the connections between archaeology and anthropology, philosophy, sociology, history, human geography, and literary theory.
Individual Study in Archaeology (dissertation) (40 credits)
In this module you design and undertake your own research project. You define the topic in consultation with a supervisor, and one-to-one guidance is provided along the way as you produce the final 8,000 word dissertation. The dissertation is an excellent exercise in project management, research, and communication.
We continually review and, where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.
Likely optional modules
Bones and Bodies: An Introduction to Osteoarchaeology (20 Credits)
This module introduces you to the key methods and theoretical approaches used to explore the human skeleton in archaeology. You will gain practical experience of recording, analysing and curating human skeletal remains. The archaeology of animal bones or ‘zooarchaeology’ is also introduced.
Life and Death in Medieval Europe (20 Credits)
In this module you will explore what it was like to live and die in Europe during the Central Middle Ages. You will integrate historical and archaeological evidence to explore the daily lives of people from the time of the Vikings through to the Black Death.
After the Ice: Themes in Holocene Prehistory (20 Credits)
This module explores life in northwest Europe in later prehistory through a series of themes. For example, you will examine aspects such as death and burial, warfare, food, and architecture during the Mesolithic through to the Iron Age.
Global Perspectives: Themes in Historical Archaeology (20 Credits)
This module explores key themes in historical archaeology from the earliest literate societies through to the present day. Themes include power and domination; ritual, belief, and burial; frontiers; conflict and violence; religion; towns and economy.
Castles in Medieval Society (20 Credits)
This module introduces you to the Middle Ages through the use of historical, archaeological and literary sources. We will explore scholarly debates surrounding the development of castles and their place in medieval society, and examine methodologies from different disciplines and how they interact.
Archaeological Computing (20 Credits)
In this module you will explore some of the main methods of data analysis and communication used in archaeology. You will examine a range of quantitative methods, computer applications (including Geographic Information Systems) and analytical techniques. You will gain first hand experience by undertaking your own analysis of real archaeological datasets through a series of practical case studies.
In addition, certain modules from the history and geography degree courses are open to students on the archaeology degree course. For example, archaeology students can undertake geography modules on climate change, mapping, and geographical information systems in Years 2 and 3.
Fieldwork Placement II (20 Credits)
This module further develops research and practical skills you acquired in the Fieldwork Placement I module, with an emphasis on skills progression and increasing responsibility. The module consists of a 4week work based placement, primarily in field archaeology but in some cases within the wider heritage sector. Placements are coordinated and administered by the Archaeology staff in cooperation with external partner organisations and projects. Standard placements take place during the summer.
Foragers and Farmers in Prehistoric Europe (20 Credits)
This module examines the shift from hunting and gathering to farming in prehistoric Europe, with special emphasis on Britain. We explore this shift through topics such as hunter-gatherer theory, the first use of ceramic technology, and social and demographic changes associated with the onset of farming.
Roman Frontiers: Life and Interaction at the Edges of Empire (20 Credits)
This module critically examines historical and archaeological materials and perspectives related to the frontiers of the Roman Empire and cultural interactions within and beyond the edges of the Roman world, with a particular emphasis on northern Britain. Rather than focus on the Roman military and its fortifications, this module emphasises emerging themes of frontier life and communities, including across traditional Roman/native and military/civilian divides.
Britain in the Early Medieval World (20 Credits)
This module explores the archaeology and history of the British Isles between the fourth and eighth centuries AD. You will explore debates surrounding religion, society, migration, settlement, economy, and state formation. Topics include the Britons, Picts, Scots, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings.
In Search of the Past: The Meanings of Heritage (20 Credits)
In this module you will explore the past through the idea of ‘heritage’ as it appears in history and culture. Topics covered include antiquarianism, heritage tourism, and travel writing; the development of museums and their collections; the formation of national heritage bodies in the twentieth century, popular culture and heritage in the age of global media; and archaeology and its popular appeal. The rich heritage of Kent is drawn on for case studies and field trips.
Artefact Studies (20 Credits)
This module equips you with handson skills and critical understanding of the study of archaeological artefacts, from recovery in the field through analysis and recording to interpretation and communication of results.
The Archaeology of Death and Burial (20 credits)
This module will examine through a range of themes and case-studies how people have approached death and burial in the past. It will draw on anthropological and archaeological perspectives to illustrate and explore how remains of the dead can provide important windows into funerary practices in the past, and the inter-related social, religious, political, and economic factors that influence them.
Please note that module titles and whether they are core or optional may be subject to change.
In addition, certain modules from the history and geography degree courses are open to students on the archaeology degree course. For example, archaeology students can undertake geography modules on remote sensing and advanced GIS in Years 2 and 3.