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BA (Hons)Archaeology of Ancient Civilisations

Tuition fee £13,850.00 per year
Course code V401
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Are you fascinated by the ancient civilisations of Egypt, the Mediterranean and the Near East? This degree offers the opportunity to study the archaeology, culture, society and history of the key civilisations of ancient Greece, Egypt, Rome and the Near East, combined with training in the latest archaeological techniques and methodology. In its range and depth this programme is unique in Britain. A rich variety of material – literary and documentary texts, painting and sculpture, complex archaeological sites – reveals a world of poets, historians, artists, politicians, emperors, priests, administrators, slaves, soldiers, aristocrats and ordinary men and women. It is a world of lasting cultural importance, and understanding the ambitions, beliefs and lives of its people enriches understanding of your own world and of what it is to be human. Teaching is hands-on: you might read texts directly from carved inscriptions or papyri, or handle artefacts in our Garstang Museum, or help stage a theatrical production of a Greek tragedy.

Students will be required to complete four weeks of supervised fieldwork. This involves two weeks of residential archaeological training on our field school at the end of Year One and a further two week placement at the end of Year Two.

Year One provides a broad introduction to archaeological methods and the archaeology and history of Egypt, Greece, Rome and the ancient Near East.

In later years you study subjects central to our understanding of ancient civilisations – social and political organisation, art, religion and texts – combined with a detailed study of at least two civilisations (the Near East, Egypt, or Greece and Rome). All students must complete four weeks of fieldwork or museum-based work either in the UK or overseas, possibly on one of the department’s research projects in Bulgaria, Turkey, Jordan or Egypt.

Four weeks of fieldwork experience is a requirement of our degree courses in Archaeology of Ancient Civilisations. This will involve two weeks of archaeological training on our departmental field school in the summer between Years 1 and 2 and a further two week placement at the end of Year 2.

Programme structure

Programme Year One

Students are introduced to the basic methods of archaeology and the main periods and areas taught at Liverpool. Students take six compulsory modules (plus two optional modules) which currently include:

The Origins of Humanity
Bronze Age Civilizations in Europe, the Mediterranean and the Near East
Empires and Citizens in the Classical Mediterranean and the Near East
From Boudicca to the Beatles – a Material Exploration of the British Past
Principles of Archaeology
The Practice of Archaeology

Programme Year Two

Students take two compulsory modules (Archaeological Excavation Skills and Artefacts and Technology), and then choose a further two modules, focusing on two out of the three cultural areas offered (Near East, Greece and Rome, Egypt). These modules currently include:

International Relations in the Ancient World: 1500-1200 BC
The Archaeology of Roman Britain
Egyptian Religion
Ancient Warfare
Akkadian Language and Literature
Democratic Spaces
Sacred Landscapes in Ancient Egypt
Death in Ancient Egypt
Human Osteoarchaeology
The Sumerians

Programme Year Three

Students take three compulsory modules:

The dissertation (equivalent to two modules), which is a subject of the student’s choice researched in depth, at least two of the chosen modules should be related to the dissertation topic.
Archaeology and Contemporary Society: politics and ethics
Students then choose their five remaining modules from a list of over 20, that currently includes the following:

The Origins of Agriculture and Sedentism in the Near East
Roman Frontier Systems
Houses and Households in the Classical World
The Sumerian Language and Literature
Biblical Archaeology
At least two of the chosen modules should be related to the dissertation topic.

Career opportunities

Our graduates are well equipped for a wide variety of careers in fields as diverse as journalism, heritage management, law, the civil service, teaching, business, IT and tourism. You can also go on to undertake further study and research degrees and our past students have had marked success in gaining employment in universities and major museums, locally, national and internationally.

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Application start
Aug 1, 2018
Application deadline
Aug 1, 2018 23:59
Europe/Tallinn time

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

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States