Modules for course V1AP | MA/CELTARCH
MA Celtic Archaeology

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Year 1 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • HPA-4003: Theory&Interp. in Archaeology (40)
    Definitions of 'the Celts' and 'Celtic', the origins/invention of the 'Celts', archaeological gender studies, social archaeology, material culture studies, landscape archaeology, archaeology & politics, archaeology & art history, historical archaeology, the archaeology of belief and religion, reconstructive archaeology, archaeology & the modern period, spatial archaeology
  • HPH-4019: Postgraduate Portfolio 1 (10)
    This module is designed to enable to postgraduate to pursue advanced level of research through sustained pieces of writing on a research area to be determined by student and tutor. This module offers the opportunity for the postgraduate to submit a portfolio of work of independent research (guided by tutorial supervision) addressing an enquiry which might not be on offer within the existing range of core and optional postgraduate modules within the existing menu in the home CAH School. The intellectual format of the portfolio will be agreed by tutor and student and will present an ideal outlet in which to demonstrate the student¿s scholarly practices: the ability to construct carefully researched and organised piece(s) of writing; the ability to abide by scholarly practices of notation and referencing; the ability to engage at an advanced level with critical approaches to the chosen field of enquiry; the ability to formulate argumentation at an advanced level.

Semester 2

  • HPH-4008: Initiating a Research Project (20)
    How to produce a successful thesis. Use of finding aids to compile lists of secondary and primary sources; presentation of scholarly bibliographies; production of critical literature search; construction of research plans for substantial and original research pieces.
  • HPH-4020: Postgraduate Portfolio 2 (10)
    This module is designed to enable to postgraduate to pursue advanced level of research through sustained pieces of writing on a research area to be determined by student and tutor. This module offers the opportunity for the postgraduate to submit a portfolio of work of independent research (guided by tutorial supervision) addressing an enquiry which might not be on offer within the existing range of core and optional postgraduate modules within the existing menu in the home CAH School. The intellectual format of the portfolio will be agreed by tutor and student and will present an ideal outlet in which to demonstrate the student¿s scholarly practices: the ability to construct carefully researched and organised piece(s) of writing; the ability to abide by scholarly practices of notation and referencing; the ability to engage at an advanced level with critical approaches to the chosen field of enquiry; the ability to formulate argumentation at an advanced level.

credits from:

  • HPH-4075: Dissertation (60) (Semester 3) Core
    The MA dissertation will set the chosen research in its broader context e.g. historiography, theoretical framework, geographical and historical framework. It will set research questions and a structure will be worked out. It will describe and analyse the chosen topic using a range of relevant secondary and primary evidence. The project will be written up in an ordered manner that conforms with conventions set out in the Style Sheet provided for MA students.

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  • HPA-4001: Celtic Societies in Europe (40) (Semester 2)
    This course will investigate the various different Celtic societies in continental Europe in the late Bronze and Iron Age, the Iron Age Celtic societies in Asia minor, and the Iron Age and Roman period Celtic societies in Britain and Ireland. Although it will concentrate on the archaeological evidence, written sources ¿ both primary (epigraphic) and secondary (historical material) ¿ as well as linguistic evidence (both original and reconstructed) will be used where appropriate, as will be anthropological comparisons and later literary sources where they serve explanatory purposes. The rich archaeological remains, including settlements, cemeteries, communal monuments and different kinds of finds (pottery, metalwork, glass, organic remains) will be analysed with reference to what they reveal about similarities and differences between the different Celtic societies that existed in Europe (and Asia Minor) during the period c. 1000 BC ¿ 500 AD; burial rites and other ritual activity; settlement patterns and the development and collapse of settlement hierarchies, ranging from small, unspecialised farming villages to specialised craftsmen/miners settlements (e.g. Hallstatt, Dürrnberg bei Hallein) to early towns (e.g. Heuneburg, Mont Lassois, Bibracte, Manching); the development of social hierarchy and heterarchy and their different expression in material culture; the archaeological and social impact of culture contact with Mediterranean and north-east European societies.
  • HPA-4004: Prehist. Arch Irish Sea Zone (40) (Semester 2)
    1. Introduction and the chronology of later prehistoric Britain and Ireland 2. The Irish Sea Zone as a unit of analysis 3. The Nature of Hunter gather society 4. The Neolithic - Mesolithic transition 5. The environment, forest clearances and the role of cereals and meat in Neolithic diets 6. Settlements, houses and mobility 7. Axes and stone sources 8. Megaliths 9. The natural world: natural places and human-animal relations 10. Early Bronze Age 11. Earlier Bronze Age burial and ceremony 12. Early Bronze Age/Middle Bronze Age transition 13 Later Bronze Age Settlement and land enclosure 14. Production, alliance and exchange networks 15. Regional archaeologies?
  • Students must choose a 40 credit special option