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Cloth and Clothing ARCH5098

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The archaeology of cloth and clothing is a growing and innovative area of research. This course adopts a technological and thematic approach to examine the sources of evidence, theoretical and analytical approaches and emerging research questions in this field.


2 lectures per week for 10  weeks.  The course may not run every year. The options running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College Level.

Excluded Courses





■ Book review (1,500 words) - 40%

■ Essay (3,500 words) - 60%

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ Critically explore the key interpretive issues, research traditions and approaches to cloth and clothing in archaeology,

■ Evaluate theories of cloth and clothing,

■ Critically engage with the cloth and clothing of prehistoric Europe with examples from later periods and further afield,

■ Learn to identify and justify the interpretation of the principal technical features of cloth,

■ Confidently examine, and where appropriate handle, a range of relevant archaeological evidence

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Critically evaluate advanced interpretive themes and debates in the subject,

■ Recognise and critically evaluate the key types of archaeological evidence for cloth and clothing,

■ Discuss chronological and regional developments in cloth and clothing technology in relation to specific case studies

■ Identify an advanced range of technical features of cloth,

■ Appropriately handle relevant archaeological 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.