Archaeology of prehistoric and Roman Scotland ADED11515E

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course introduces students to the archaeology of Scotland, covering through classroom-based lectures, in chronological order and also by means of various thematic topics: the Mesolithic period, the Neolithic period, the

Bronze Age, the Iron Age and the Roman invasion and occupation of northern Britain. Field trip classes will be

scheduled for two Saturdays between October and December.


Block 1

20 hours over 10 weeks

Tuesdays 18.00-20.00

Plus two Saturday field trips

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





50% set exercise (class test) in Week 10 (1½ hours long); 30% essay due in Week 8 (1500 words) and 20% oral presentation (linked to fieldtrip).

Course Aims

This course aims to teach students about Scotland's past, from the earliest human habitation until the end of the Roman occupation. This will involve introducing a substantial body of knowledge, which will provide an understanding of the cultural evolution of Scotland and introduce material which will enrich the understanding of other aspects of the history and culture of Scotland.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

■ Discuss the contribution of archaeological evidence to Scottish history through working with primary data; 

■ Identify the indigenous characteristics of Scotland's material heritage; 
ecognise the significance of archaeology for interpreting Scotland's cultural development and its contacts with the wider world;

■ Demonstrate an understanding of the key archaeological methods and techniques.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.