Postgraduate taught 

Archaeology MSc

Method and Practice in Conflict Heritage ARCH5030

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

Short Description

This course will place the sub-discipline of conflict archaeology within the context of the wider field of landscape archaeology. It will explore the various implications of battlefields and other sites as culturally important conflict heritage, and examine the nature of their archaeological and historical record. The course will also introduce the range of field techniques currently being employed in their investigation.


1 hr lecture with 1 hr seminar once a week over 10 weeks

Excluded Courses





Two 2,500 word essays, 50% weighting each

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ introduce students to the methodologies of conflict heritage studies, including the field of conflict archaeology.

■ encourage the use and understanding of inter-disciplinary approaches in conflict heritage studies.

■ familiarise students with the main approaches to the study of battlefield archaeology and other related spheres of conflict archaeology.

■ develop an understanding of the significance and interplay of key regional, national, and international research traditions and the development and historiography of the discipline.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ critique the sources and analytical techniques used in conflict archaeology and conflict heritage studies.

■ analyse the principal interpretative themes and debates in conflict heritage and related spheres of conflict archaeology, with a knowledgeable awareness of the benefits and drawbacks of current interpretative approaches.

■ apply the techniques currently used in conflict archaeology to field projects.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.