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Your programme of study

In recent years Archaeology has become very well recognised on the television with Time Team and programmes about Orkney, Pompeii, hidden cities in Italy and many more. As a discipline it pieces together our hidden and sometimes lost past, helps us understand history, migration, our ancestry and it also helps us to understand just how sophisticated many previous civilisations were and the constant struggle for survival and cultural creation. There are a great many famous international sites which are often world heritage status which bring our past to tourists but the real interest lies in finding items and piecing together settlements, harbours, and how people lived on actual sites. We can then take all of this knowledge to help us understand how far reaching ancient civilisations were. Archaeology is a fascinating subject area and there are a wealth of very important sites within this region of Scotland to really enjoy whilst you are studying.

You are equipped with research skills to investigate the material culture and heritage of the far northern hemisphere, a region that includes Scotland, the North Atlantic, Scandinavia and Baltic Europe, northern Russia and the circumpolar region through Siberia, the North Pacific and high-latitude North America.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Theory and Method Research
  • Optional
  • Northern Worlds
  • Viking Archeology
  • GIS Tools and Techniques
  • The Museum Idea

Semester 2

  • Northern Peoples and Cultures
  • GIS Tools and Techniques
  • Fundamentals of GIS and Spatial Analysis
  • Reading Environmental Ethnography
  • Developing a Theory of Practice: Learning and Museums

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Why study at Aberdeen?

  • We are ideally situated to see some world famous sites in Orkney, Aberdeenshire and Highlands
  • You are taught by dedicated professionals and researchers
  • You could volunteer to be part of sites threatened by rising sea levels and be part of a research team set up to investigate this

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen

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