- Code ARCH6056
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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 PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
Study of the Roman world is incomplete without a good understanding of the archaeological evidence for the development and spread of Roman society. The story of Roman expansion is not told just through history and art history. Knowledge of the great wealth of other archaeological remains that constitute the Roman military and civilian landscape is fundamental for understanding the spread of Roman culture, politics and economics. This course will concentrate on the archaeology of Europe and the Western Roman Empire, with a special emphasis on Roman Britain. Thus, it will complement other historical and material culture courses, both geographically and in its specific use of archaeological method and theory. It will also complement the archaeological courses 'Britain before the Romans' and 'post-Roman Britain'. An understanding of the development of the Roman political and cultural landscape, especially throughout Europe and into Britain, is fundamental to understanding the origins of western culture.
Course Contact: Dr Ash Lenton
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:
- Critically evaluate the cultural trends and developments of Roman Britain;
- Analyze and discuss the catalysts driving social and economic life in the period;
- Explain key sites and archaeological assemblages in the context of early medieval societies.;
- Discuss the roles of material culture in the transition from the preceding Roman period and into the later medieval period in Europe; and
- Explain and critically discuss key debates and controversies in early Medieval European studies.
Indicative AssessmentConference Poster, 800 words (25%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 5]
Poster Presentation & lead seminar discussion, 15 minutes (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 5]
Annotated Bibliography, 2000 words (15%) [Learning Outcomes 2, 4, 5]
Argumentative Essay, 4000 words (50%) [Learning Outcomes 2, 4, 5]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsMattingly, D.J. 2006. An imperial possession: Britain in the Roman Empire, 54 BC-AD 409.
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