• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Archaeology
  • Areas of interest Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History , History, European Studies, Heritage Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ash Lenton
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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This course considers the archaeology of the period when the English language arose and the English state was formed from the various Anglo-Saxon and Viking kingdoms. It was during this period that the current 'Celtic Fringe' of Europe developed in Brittany, Cornwall, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland and the legends of King Arthur and Beowulf arose. Looking at Post-Roman Britain during the period from around 400 to 1400 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, the nature of personal and group identities, and the interplay of archaeology and nationalism in the modern world. Contemporary developments in Continental Europe from the end of the Western Roman Empire are also examined.


Course Contact: Dr Ash Lenton
E: ash.lenton@anu.edu.au

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Explain the chronology and cultural characteristics of Post-Roman Britain.
  2. Interpret the influence of different factors on social and economic change in Post-Roman Britain.
  3. Place key sites from the period into a broader context.
  4. Relate the period to the archaeology of the preceding and succeeding periods in Britain.
  5. Analyze key debates and controversies relating to Post-Roman Britain.

Indicative Assessment

Research poster, 500 words (25%) Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 5
Poster presentation, 10 mins (10%) Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 5
Annotated bibliography, 1500 words (15%) Learning Outcomes 2, 4, 5
Argumentative essay, 3000 words (50%) Learning Outcomes 2, 4, 5

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 6 units of 1000 level Archaeology (ARCH or PREH) courses or 6 units of 1000 level History (HIST) courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed PREH2037 or ARCH6037.

Prescribed Texts

Hinton, D.A. 2006. Gold and Gilt, Pots and Pins: Possessions and People in Medieval Britain.

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.




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3000
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4560
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4198 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person View

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