Archaeology 2A : Archaeology of Europe & the Mediterranean ARCH2004

  • Academic Session: 2018-19
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will consist of four major blocks, focusing on the transition from mobile to sedentary life, the growth of complex societies, state formation, colonialism and culture change, and the birth of the modern world. Following a broad chronological order, all lectures will focus on significant instances and developments within these themes across NW Europe and the Mediterranean, highlighting particularly prominent sites and regions.


Wednesday and Friday at 12 noon over 11 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus; weekly one hour seminar (choice of times) over 8 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus

Requirements of Entry

Grade D3 or above in Archaeology 1B (ARCH1002).


Two x 1,500 word Essays - 25% each

Examination (90 minute duration) - 50%

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ Introduce students to the key themes of European and Mediterranean archaeology;

■ Situate these themes in a broad regional and chronological framework;

■ Train students in transferable as well as more specifically archaeological skills;

■ Provide an archaeological framework for further study.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Outline the central themes of European and Mediterranean archaeology;

■ Articulate the processes behind, and the outcomes of, large-scale and localised social and economic transitions in European and Mediterranean prehistory and historical periods;

■ Assess critically different archaeological interpretations of problems in understanding the past;

■ Develop organisational and academic skills to present arguments in written and oral work.

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.