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BA Archaeology & History

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  • Objectives
    The combined degree offers insights into the richness and variety of human experience covering a wide range of subjects and approaches. Students will gain knowledge of a range of chronological periods, as well as develop their ability to analyse change over time and comparative, cross-cultural and abstract concepts. In History, you can choose from medieval, early-modern and modern periods and develop your historical and historiographical skills. In Archaeology, you can undertake research on material culture and scientific techniques, and take part in the Field School at the Roman town of Silchester
  • Academic Title
    BA Archaeology & History
  • Course description
    Year 1

    -Practising Archaeology
    -From Rome to Reformation

    -Approaches to History
    -Landmarks in History

    -From Primates to Pyramids
    -Bones, Bodies and Burial
    -Analysing Museum Displays
    -Directed Study in History

    Year 2

    -Field School
    -Professional Careers

    -Archaeological Thought
    -Archaeological Science
    -The Middle Palaeolithic of Europe
    -Later Prehistoric 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

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

    -Medieval women

    -Making of Early Modern Britain 1450–1640
    -Europe of the Old Regime 1500–1800
    -Central Europe 1740–1919
    -Social History of the USA 1815–1945
    -Imperial Britain 1815–1982

    Final Year



    -Burial Archaeology
    -Gender Archaeology
    -Museum Studies

    -Studies in the Lower Palaeolithic
    -Ancient Aegean landscapes

    -Emergence of Civilisation in Mesopotamia
    -British Prehistory
    -Roman Britain

    -Roman Material Culture
    -Early Anglo-Saxon England
    -England in the Later Middle Ages
    -Optional Hiostory modules from a list including:
    -Medieval Magic & Origins of the Witch Craze
    -Hundred Years War
    -French Revolution

    -Ritual, Myth & Magic
    -Slavery & Slave Culture in Antebellum USA
    -Britain at War 1939–45

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