• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Archaeology
  • Areas of interest Archaeology

This course considers the archaeology of the period when the English language arose and the English state was formed from the various Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. It was during this period that the current 'Celtic Fringe' of Europe developed in Brittany, Cornwall, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland and the legend of King Arthur arose. Looking at Post-Roman Britain during the period from about 400 to 800 AD allows us to examine issues such as continuity versus replacement in biological anthropology, migration versus diffusion in the archaeological record, the relation between archaeological and linguistic entities and the interplay of archaeology and nationalism in the modern world. Contemporary developments in Continental Europe at the end of the Western Roman Empire are also examined.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Students will acquire knowledge of the archaeological evidence for this crucial period in British history, foundational to the modern UK state and the English language. They will acquire analytical skills in examining the interface between historical and archaeological evidence, and  the relevance of archaeological interpretation to modern national and sub-national identities.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial attendance (10%), lecture notes appraisal (10%), two 2500 word essays (40% each).

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Workload

Normally offered in alternate years
2 hours of lectures and one hour of tutorial per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

One first year course to the value of 6 units in Archaeology (ARCH or PREH) or one course of first year History or permission of the lecturer. Incompatible with PREH2037

Prescribed Texts

Dark, K. Britain and the end of the Roman Empire. Tempus, 2000.

Preliminary Reading

Bassett, S. (ed.) The Origins of Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms, Leicester University Press, 1989.
Dark, K. From Civitas to Kingdom: British Political Continuity 300-800 AD, Leicester University Press, 1994.

Majors

Minors

Fees

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Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1164
2004 $1926
2005 $2286
2006 $2286
2007 $2286
2008 $2286
2009 $2286
2010 $2358
2011 $2424
2012 $2472
2013 $2472
2014 $2478
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2004 $2916
2005 $3132
2006 $3132
2007 $3132
2008 $3240
2009 $3240
2010 $3240
2011 $3240
2012 $3240
2013 $3240
2014 $3246
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3581 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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