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BAArchaeology and Geography

University of Southampton
United Kingdom, Southampton
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Archaeology brings together diverse approaches to answer questions such as what our ancestors ate, what they wore, who they traded with, and the environments they lived in. You might undertake the chemical analysis of ceramics or human bones, or use theories drawn from anthropology or sociology. Archaeology is one of the broadest subjects taught at university, and you can study it with either science or humanities A levels. All you need is an enquiring mind and an interest in the past.

We cover the full timespan of the human past, from the earliest humans to the modern world. The breadth of subjects available means that you can study the areas you are most interested in. Southampton is a world leader in maritime archaeology, and you can take these units in all three years.

Programme structure

Year 1
Semester One

The development of archaeological and anthropological thought
Geographical Skills

Landscapes and seascapes of Britain’s past
Foundations of the modern world: classical and medieval archaeology
Debates and issues in archaeological science
Wonderful things: World history in 40 objects
Geomorphological Processes
Economy, Culture and Space

Semester Two

Human Origins
Quantitative Methods for Geographers

The emergence of civilisation: domesticating ourselves and others
Archaeological methods for fieldwork and analysis
Remains of the past: introduction to archaeological materials
The Earth System
A Global World

Year 2

Semester One

Approaching the past: trends in archaeological theory

The Archaeology of the Social Brain: human evolution, dispersals and hunter-gatherer survival strategies
The Social Lives of Objects
Bones, bodies, and burials: osteology and comparative anatomy
Advanced methods of archaeological analysis
Archaeology of the Medieval World
Impact and Invention: Knapped stone technology in its social context
Environmental Monitoring Techniques
Remote Sensing for Earth Observation
Researching Human Geography
Introductory Geographic Information Systems
Geographies of Wellbeing
Global Climate Change: Science, Impacts and Policy

Semester Two

Archaeology and Society

Power of Rome: Europe’s First Empire
Later European Prehistory
Archaeology and Society
Maritime Archaeology
Archaeological survey for landscapes and monuments
Digging into data: quantitative analysis for archaeology
Pots and People: Ceramic Analysis in Archaeology
Drainage Basin Geomorphology
Advanced Geographical Information Systems

Year 3
Semester One

Research Project

Critical approaches to the European Bronze Age
Presenting the past: Archaeology and Museum
Living with the Romans and exploring their towns and cities
Stories in Stone: the British Palaeolithic
Archaeology of Seafaring
Pottery under the Microscope: Ceramic and Lithic Petrology
Paleoecology and Landscape Change
Remote Sensing the Terrestrial Environment
Geographies of Health & Health Care
Remote Sensing for Earth Observation
Aquatic Systems and Environmental Change
Environment and Development
Regions in the Global Economy
Global Urbanism

Semester Two

Research Project

Stonehenge to Skara Brae: the Neolithic of Britain
Iron Age Societies
Seeing beneath the soil: geophysical survey for archaeology
Computational approaches to archaeological research
Molecular Archaeology
Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Geography of Retail and Consumption
Glaciers and Glaciation
River Basin Management
Arctic and Alpine Geomorphology
Aeolian Processes and Geomorphic Modelling
Mediterranean Environments and Culture
Geographies of Social Justice, Welfare and Rights

Career opportunities

Archaeology and geography are not just vocational subjects. Graduates go on to a wide range of careers and find that knowledge can be applied in a range of organisations from local government planning and National Trust bodies to museums and consultancies.

This combined honours degree will help you to discover key skills employers seek, such as time management, problem solving, team-work, project management and cultural awareness. Above all, you will learn to communicate ideas and enthusiasm to a wide range of audiences in a way that is relevant and understandable.

Work placements and fieldwork opportunities reflect the dedication the university has to embedding employability throughout the degree experience. A balanced mix of practical and theoretical learning means you will be equipped with a comprehensive skill-set upon completing the degree.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States