Postgraduate taught 

Archaeology MSc

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.

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.