ARCH41310 Land / Landscape

Academic Year 2022/2023

‘[f]or the archaeologist and the native dweller, the landscape tells – or rather is – a story’ (Ingold 1993)

What is an archaeological landscape? How do we define landscape? How do we engage with landscapes? This module will, through a series of alternating expert-led group discussions and fieldtrips, explore concepts of landscape. Introductory sessions will discuss some of the methods (e.g. aerial photography; lidar; geophysical survey) and theoretical approaches used in landscape archaeology. This will be followed by alternating field and classroom sessions in which students will be encouraged to read and interpret the story that landscapes tell.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the module students will be expected to be able to:

1. Comprehend the range methods used by archaeologist study landscape
2. Understand the theoretical frameworks in which archaeologists engage with landscape
3. Engage with, experience, and read a range of Irish archaeological landscapes

Indicative Module Content:

What is landscape and how do we study it? Methods of studying the landscape. Theoretical approaches to landscape. Fieldtrips/discussions.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning




Field Trip/External Visits




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module will be run through a series of expert-led discussion groups and field sessions. Students will be encouraged to engage with these through assigned readings. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Research project proposal for selected landscape. 1000-1500 words Week 4 n/a Graded No


Assignment: Management and outreach plan for one of the landscapes we will visit. Discuss the current ways the landscape is presented and whether you think these are appropriate. How could they be improved upon? Week 12 n/a Graded No


Presentation: Presentation on Belfield landscape Week 6 n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring 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?

Feedback will follow online within 2 weeks of assessment.

Name Role
Assoc Professor Helen Lewis Lecturer / Co-Lecturer