Introducing Celtic inscriptions (online) ADED11995E

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 5
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces the study of a range of inscriptions made by Celtic peoples from ancient and early medieval Europe, Britain, and Ireland (c. 600 BCE - c. 900 CE). Students will learn about the various writing systems used by Celtic peoples, the roles and functions of inscriptions, and the challenges of interpreting the material evidence. Students will gain first-hand experience of transliterating select inscriptions as in-class exercises, for which we will use 3D models. Special focus will be placed on using inscriptions as a resource to study multi-culturalism, gender, and identity in ancient and early medieval Celtic societies.


Block 3, Weeks 6-10

2 hours per week for 5 weeks

Tuesdays, 18.00-20.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Translation exercise with commentary notes, prefaced by short introduction (250 words): 100%

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Provide students with the unique opportunity to study a wide range of inscriptions in Celtic cultures

■ Encourage the development of practical skills in approaching both primary and secondary sources.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

Recognise the different types of alphabets used by specific Celtic cultures, the time-frame in which these were employed, and the types of media (e.g. stone, ceramics, or lead) on which they were written

Apply the practical skills required to interpret Celtic inscriptions, including their social, historical, and archaeological contexts

Explain the challenges associated with both the primary and secondary material.

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.