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Viking and Late Norse British Isles ARCH5047

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

A survey of the Viking and Late Norse archaeological evidence for settlement in the British Isles. New evidence will be presented and specifically the settlements and burials will be considered.


an average of 2 hrs x 10 weeks.

Course Structure

6 lectures (2 hours each)


6 hours peer discussion meetings (face-to-face and via Moodle)


Requirements of Entry

Standard Entry to Masters at College Level

Excluded Courses





Short essay (1000 words) defined as work sheet or case studies: 20%

Long essay (4000 words) : 80%

Course Aims

■ Provide an overview of the character of Viking and Late Norse Archaeology in the British Isles during the period c750-1450AD

■ Investigate, with the aid of regional case studies, differing responses and impacts on the landscape and indigenous populations

■ Introduce key research themes within Norse Archaeology: settlements, burials, religion and artefacts

■ Develop an awareness of interdisciplinary approaches to assessing the economic impact of the Viking and Late Norse colonists

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

■ Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the archaeology of Viking and Late Norse Britain.

■ Critically assess the application of inter-disciplinary methods and approaches for the period c750-1450AD.

■ Critically evaluate and summarise research findings additionally  enabling  presentation of such understanding to others.

■ Critically evaluate the nature of the  impact of Norse settlers in the regions studied, and within the international context. 

■ Demonstrate the necessary intellectual preparation and skills to pursue further scholarly research in this subject area.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

MLitt level pass grade