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  • Objectives
    Archaeology and Ancient History are both concerned with understanding past human social, political and cultural experience, focusing in particular on Greek and Roman antiquity. The joint degree offers students the opportunity to gain both historical and archaeological skills, and to combine the analysis of ancient texts with research on material culture and scientific techniques to understand the lives of people in antiquity. In Archaeology, practical aspects involve participation in the Field School at the Roman town of Silchester.
  • Entry requirements
    There are different entry qualifications for each programme. Some programmes require you to have a certain amount of knowledge in a subject before you begin the degree programme – this is called a ‘subject requirement’. Other programmes do not have any specific subject requirements. All programmes will, however, expect you to have reached a certain standard in your education and will ask you to achieve certain grades in your examinations. Most programmes have a standard offer so that you know in advance what you are likely to need. Please note that even if you have the minimum entry qualifications, you are not necessarily guaranteed a place on the degree programme.
  • Academic Title
    BA Ancient History & Archaeology
  • Course description
    Year 1

    Compulsory Modules

    -Practising Archaeology
    -From Rome to Reformation
    -Fifth-Century Athens
    -Augustan Rome

    -From Primates to Pyramids
    -Bones, Bodies and Burial
    -Analysing Museum Displays
    -Greek Myths
    -Latin
    -Ancient Greek
    -Modern Greek

    Year 2

    -Field School
    -Professional Careers
    At least 2 from: Greek History
    Roman Empire or Roman Republic


    -Archaeological Thought
    -Archaeological Science
    -The Middle Palaeolithic of Europe
    -First civilisations: complex societies in the Bronze Age east Mediterranean

    The Aegean in the first millennium BC and the emergence of the polis state

    -Later Prehistoric Europe
    -Rome & the Mediterranean
    -Early Medieval Europe
    -Later Medieval Europe

    -Ancient Medicine
    -Classical Mythology
    -Greek & Roman Painting
    -Religions of the Roman World

    -Ancient Epic
    -Greek Drama Roman Love Poetry

    -Latin
    -Ancient Greek Modern Greek

    Final Year

    -Dissertation
    -Optional Modules
    -Burial Archaeology
    -Gender Archaeology
    -Museum Studies
    -Studies in the Lower Palaeolithic
    -Palaeopathology

    -Emergence of Civilisation in Mesopotamia
    -Ancient Aegean landscapes
    -British Prehistory
    -Roman Britain
    -Roman Material Culture

    -Early Anglo-Saxon England
    -England in the Later Middle Ages

    -Ancient Biography
    -Conversion of the Roman Empire
    -Roman Life Cycle
    -Ancient Medicine
    -Rome on Film
    -Ancient Greek Gods
    -Gender in the Ancient World

    -Latin
    -Ancient Greek Modern Greek

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