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Archaeology (BA)

Bachelor of Arts
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ABB-BBBView full entry requirements
3 years
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About this course

From the Aztecs and Mayans to Ancient Egypt, the Roman Empire and the medieval world, you'll study the story of human activity and the origins of civilisation. You'll gain an understanding of how human societies came into being, how and why they changed over time, and the underlying reasons for human diversity today.

Archaeology is the study of the human past through its material remains. Whether in the laboratory, the library or in the field, you'll develop a wide variety of transferable skills through exploring questions about people in the past and in the present. You'll also develop the skills needed to explore contested narratives.

You'll have the opportunity to experience fieldwork, including at least 3 weeks as part of an active research project. This is usually done during the summer period, and may be in the UK or overseas.

The course covers a wide range of world archaeology. You can study topics such as:

  • excavation and field survey techniques

  • underwater archaeology

  • artefacts analysis

  • medieval archaeology

  • museums, heritage and public archaeology

Archaeology combines the humanities and the sciences, working with historical texts and artefacts. You'll develop a range of transferable skills, including:

  • evidence-based reasoning

  • problem-solving

  • project management

This degree gives you the opportunity to study a minor subject alongside your main programme.

We’re also offering up to 10 bursaries of £1000 each to incoming students (subject to criteria). These are from the Terry Mason Bursary and the University of Southampton Archaeology Bursary Fund.

Course location

This course is based at Avenue, Southampton.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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