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The Archaeology of Britain

Course Description: 

Introduction to the archaeology of the of the British Isles, with particular attention to prehistory, Roman Britain and early medieval period. Themes: peopling of Britain and emergence of hunter-gatherer society; spread of farmers into Britain and role of ritual and community; growth of social hierarchies associated with the first metallurgy; growth of settled farming and layout of fields; growth of Iron Age tribes with their regional centers; arrival of Roman legions and transformation of the British landscape; Anglo-Saxon and Viking invasions and their response to them. Field trips to sites in southern England as well as hands-on lab sessions in the Ashmolean and Pitt-Rivers Museums in Oxford.

Subject (Full): 
Overseas Studies in Oxford
Academic Year: 
United Kingdom