• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Archaeology
  • Areas of interest Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History , History, European Studies, Heritage Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

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 legend s 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.


Learning Outcomes

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

  1. critically evaluate the cultural trends and developments of Post-Roman Britain;
  2. analyse the catalysts driving social and economic life in Post-Roman Britain;
  3. explain key sites and archaeological assemblages in the context of early medieval societies;
  4. discuss the roles of material culture in the transition from the preceding Roman period and into the later medieval period in Europe; and
  5. explain key debates and controversies in early Medieval European studies.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Conference poster (800 words) (25) [LO 1,3,5]
  2. Poster Presentation and lead seminar discussion, 15 mins (10) [LO 1,3,5]
  3. Annotated Bibliography (1500 words) (15) [LO 2,4,5]
  4. Argumentative Essay (4000 words) (50) [LO 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

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARCH2037 or PREH2037

Prescribed Texts

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


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Unit value:
6 units

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