Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Archaeology of medieval and post medieval Scotland ADED11516E

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

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

post-medieval period, the industrial era and the early modern period. Field trip classes will be scheduled for

two Saturdays between January and March.


Block 2

20 hours over 10 weeks



Plus two one-day 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 the second fieldtrip).

Course Aims

This course aims to teach students about Scotland's past, from the end of the Roman era through to the present day.

This will involve introducing a substantial body of knowledge, which will provide an understanding of the cultural evolution of Scotland from the end of the Roman occupation until the modern era and introduce material which will enrich the understanding of other aspects of the history and culture of Scotland.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

At 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;

■ Recognise 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.