Edge of Empire: The archaeology of Roman Scotland ADED11695E

  • 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 will explore the Roman campaigns in and occupations of Scotland, with a particular focus on the 1st-2nd centuries. This will involve introducing a substantial body of archaeological, textual and material evidence to explore

the character of Roman military campaigns in and control of this unique frontier region as well as cultural changes 

from both the Roman and indigenous perspectives. Two fieldtrips to accessible sites will be scheduled during the



Block 2 

2 hours per week for 10 weeks

Plus two fieldtrips

Tuesdays, 18.00-20.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





25% Worksheets (linked to lectures and fieldtrips); 50% essay (1500 words); and 25% oral presentation (10 minutes) - an alternative assessment can be arranged for students who are uncomfortable with the oral presentation format.

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Explore the Roman military campaigns in and occupations of Scotland during the 1st-2nd centuries;

■ Introduce students to critical approaches to historical and archaeological sources; and 

■ Familiarise students with evidence of cultural change from both Roman and indigenous perspectives.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Discuss the mechanisms of Roman campaign in and control of Scotland;

■ Critically analyse primary textual and archaeological data;

■ Interpret and discuss evidence of cultural changes that influenced the indigenous population and the region's contacts with the wider world.

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.