ARCH20610 Historical Archaeology

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module explores the archaeology of the historically-documented past. It starts with the rise of Christianity in medieval Europe, passes through the eras of the Black Death, the discovery of the New World, and the Industrial Revolution, and ends with globalisation in the twenty-first century. Its case-studies are drawn from all corners of the world, mainly Ireland, Britain and the Americas. The module addresses specifically how the disciplines of Archaeology and History work together in helping us map and understand the development of the modern world.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should

(a) have a good understanding and a full appreciation of the contribution that Archaeology makes to the interpretation of the historical past

(b) know in broad outline the development of the modern world as revealed to us through the archaeological record

(c) know many of the key interpretative debates in the archaeological study of the modern world.

Indicative Module Content:

* The theory of historical archaeology: why, what, how?

* The fall of Rome, the dawn of the middle ages. and the legacy of Rome

* Vikings and Normans

* Europe and Asia in the high middle ages

* The making of modern Europe: trade, commerce, capitalism

* The first proper global archaeology: Europe overseas

* Non-European civilisations: the natives of the American continents

* Archaeology of race

* The industrial revolution and its impact

* Turbo-capitalism: the modern world

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module is taught in the classroom. Students will be expected to keep a journal of their reflections on the course - further details will be provided in class - and this will be assessed. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
ARCH10120 - Historical World Archaeology

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: 2,000 word essay, chosen from a menu of topics Week 8 n/a Graded No


Journal: A reflective journal (3,000 words approx.) to be kept by the student, in which he/she keeps notes on materials that were read, ideas that were discussed, and responses to questions posed in the class Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

UCD School of Archaeology use standard feedback sheets for all modules. Your feedback is provided on this form - the form also contains feed forward details - this will help you think about how you could improve your approach in future assignments.