Landscape Archaeology: Understanding the Historic Environment (ARCM225)

15 credits

You will examine the sources and methods used when studying the origins and development of the ‘historic landscape’ (present-day patterns of settlements, communications, field-systems and other land-uses), and explore key themes in the evolution of Britain’s landscape in the past two millennia.

The content will be strongly interdisciplinary covering field archaeology, historic landscape analysis, palaeoenvironmental evidence, the analysis of maps and documents, place- and field-names, and vernacular architecture. Although there are no pre-requisite modules, you will need to have a basic understanding of the techniques of archaeology and the major developments in the archaeology of Britain in the past two millennia (equivalent to undergraduate modules ARC1000A ‘Interpreting Sites and Landscapes’, ARC1000B ‘Analysing Archaeological Evidence’, and ARC1003B ‘Discovering Historic Archaeology’).