Archaeology 1B: Archaeology in the Modern World ARCH1002

  • Academic Session: 2014-15
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Course Aims

How does archaeology affect society? Why is archaeology important in the modern world? This course introduces the theory, practice and responsibilities of archaeology. In exploring these themes, we consider the role of governments, the general public, the popular media, museums, the antiquities trade, and archaeologists. We will also explore how archaeology is practiced and presented to the public, and the implications this has for the ways in which archaeology has been used as a tool for creating communities, identities and legitimacy.


Two lectures per week and a weekly seminar, tutorial or practical session. A one-day fieldtrip will also be held.


Two Worksheets (25%); Essay (1200-1500 words) (25%) and Examination (50%)

Main Assessment In: April/May