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Lifelong Learning

Social Archaeology

What is identity? How were social identities constructed and manipulated? How are identities represented in the archaeological record?


As a fundamental part of what makes us human, identity is at the basis of how we interact with other people and the world around us on both an individual and group level and thus is at the core of past societies. This course, An Introduction to Social Archaeology, aims to explore the nature of identity across a diverse range of time periods and cultures, utilising a wealth of archaeological sites and material evidence to further understand how social identity was represented in the archaeological record.

Through a series of weekly lectures, seminars and reading you will be introduced to the key theoretical frameworks behind this exciting and fast developing branch of archaeology and will have an opportunity to explore in detail some of its key themes, including gender, sexuality, age, ethnicity, status, religion and the social manipulation of space and the environment. You will also have the opportunity to develop your interest further in one of the key themes through a short presentation at the end of the course.

Course date/time:

Mondays 7:00pm - 9:00pm, starting 28 January 2013


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