The MA in Archaeology and Ancient History offers the focused study of both the archaeology and the history of ancient societies. This programme challenges students to engage with the full spread of evidence, literary, epigraphic and archaeological, which informs our understanding of ancient societies. Focused on the Greek and Roman worlds, but encompassing material from prehistory through to the present day, it is designed to encourage students to contextualise ancient societies and to draw comparisons between them and those of other historical periods. This means dealing with a variety of textual evidence and material culture, ranging from historical texts by ancient authors through to inscriptions and notes on papyri, from monumental buildings and works of art to humble domestic assemblages. Archaeology and ancient history offer differing perspectives on ancient societies and students will learn to recognise the contribution of both and become equipped with the skills necessary to deal with each. At the same time, students will develop their understanding of the particular methodologies of each discipline and the overlap between these subjects and other areas of the arts, humanities and social, physical and biological sciences. Both the content and methods that the students will be confronted with in this programme are geared towards enhancing the students’ sense of social responsibility. The intellectual exposure to other, earlier cultures and societies will foster their sense of equality and diversity, as well as challenge the students to consider issues of sustainability, especially with regard to cultural, social, political and economic institutions.
Students will be expected to:
- work independently.
- organise and synthesise data derived from a range of sources.
- critically assess evidence and evaluate a variety of competing or conflicting factors.
- review differing theoretical perspectives.
- develop and organise their arguments.
- present a coherent, reasoned and well supported set of conclusions.
- present arguments and results in written form, in clear and correct English.
- present information and arguments orally with clarity and confidence.
- manage their time effectively.
- show their ability to use information technology.
- demonstrate an ability to use, evaluate and criticise literary and documentary source materials, and recognise the importance of quantitative, spatial and visual evidence where relevant to their work.
- appreciate the material basis of archaeology, the contested nature of objects, the social relationships that are spun around them and the people who use and interpret them.
- employ appropriate participative team skills and team leadership skills.
- understand and use relevant specialist/technical Classical and archaeological terminology.