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									  Mud, molluscs,
and a lot of
       Archaeology at
Archaeology at Southampton
                          You’re passionately interested in the story of humans.
                          Archaeology bridges the gap between arts and sciences in the quest to understand the nature and history of human diversity.
                          It’s not just about digging, although you will get to go out in the field! We examine artefacts, human and animal bones, and
                          anything else left by humans, to deduce what they ate, how they dressed, their dwellings, and how they lived and died. We even
                          use snail shells to tell when forests were chopped down and humans starting farming. Using techniques ranging from chemical
                          analysis and human genetics, to postmodernism and anthropology, we explore wider issues of social change, the movement of
                          peoples, their personal and political hierarchies, and their belief systems.

Programmes                                           The university of choice -
and entry requirements                               why Southampton is a first-class choice for your
                                                     Archaeology degree
Single Honours
BSc Archaeology                       (F400)         n Archaeology at Southampton is ranked 10 in         n Our purpose-built £3 million archaeology
BBB from three A Levels including B in a               the Guardian’s 2009 university league table and      building has state-of-the art laboratories
science-based A Level                                  were ranked in the top 6 in the 2008 Research        and a dedicated undergraduate teaching
IB: 30 points with 16 at the Higher Level              Assessment Exercise.                                 lab, so you will gain extensive practical
including 6 in a science-based subject at the                                                               experience of working with archaeological
                                                     n We are one of country’s largest Archaeology
Higher Level                                                                                                materials.
                                                       departments, which means we can offer a
BA Archaeology                        (V400)           choice of modules and expertise found in           n You will take part in a research-based
BBB from three A Levels                                very few other departments. Our modular              fieldwork project, either in the UK or abroad.
IB: 30 points with 16 at the Higher Level              degree means you can combine these to                We offer a range of professional based
                                                       build a degree in the aspects of Archaeology         modules, learning fieldwork techniques and
Combined Honours                                       that really interest you.                            about museums and the heritage sector,
                                                                                                            and you have the option of placements with
BA Archaeology & History              (VV41)         n Our staff work in Europe, Africa, North and
                                                                                                            archaeological units and national heritage
ABB from 3 A levels including B in History             South America, Asia and the Pacific, giving
                                                                                                            bodies, such as English Heritage.
IB: 32 points with 16 at the Higher Level includ-      our teaching a world-wide perspective. We
ing 6 in Higher Level History                          cover the full time-span of the human past,        n You can incorporate modules from other
                                                       from the earliest humans to the modern               disciplines which will enhance your
BA Archaeology & Geography            (VL47)
                                                       world.                                               archaeological skills (such as Oceanogra-
BBB from 3 A Levels including B in Geography
                                                                                                            phy, environmental studies or Latin) or
IB: 30 points with 16 at the Higher Level includ-    n Southampton is a world leader in maritime
                                                                                                            which will equip you for a career outside
ing 6 in Higher Level Geography                        archaeology, and you can take modules in
                                                                                                            of Archaeology (such as Chinese or small
                                                       this subject in each of your three years of
For the most up-to-date entry requirements,                                                                 business management).
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                                                                                                          n You will be based in an archaeological rich                          n Southampton is at the forefront of the
                                                                                                            area with some of the most important sites
                                                       application of scientific techniques to
                                                                                                            in Britain – Bath, Stonehenge, Avebury,
                                                       archaeological questions, and you can
                                                                                                            Maiden Castle, Corfe Castle, Fishbourne
                                                       specialise in this area through the BSc.
                                                                                                            Roman Villa and Southampton itself. We
                                                     n Southampton is a pioneer in the history              include field trips in many of our modules.
                                                       and social context of Archaeology as a

                                                         The support network
                                                         - getting you off to a confident start
                                                         The School of Humanities promotes a friendly, open relationship between staff and students.
                                                         Your Personal Tutor, an academic in your discipline, is your first point of contact for advice and
                                                         support. We welcome your feedback about your programme, and any other issues, through our
                                                         regular staff-student liaison meetings and workshops.
                                                         The University’s purpose-built Student Services Centre is particularly valuable in your first year,
                                                         offering help with finance, accommodation, graduation and admissions, all under one roof.
The Archaeology degree course -                                                       
study your particular areas of interest within
our flexible course structure
At Southampton you can study Archaeology            First year core modules                            Year Two - option modules
on its own, or combined with Geography or
History. Combined honours students take             Introduction to Archaeology                                           Between eight and ten
                                                        (compulsory for all students)                                     option modules will be
a mix of compulsory and option modules
                                                    Science and Method in Archaeology                                     offered, including practical
from each combining subject. All students           (compulsory for all students)
may substitute up to two modules each                                                                                     base modules such as
                                                    Human Origins
year from another programme, such as a                                                                                    fieldwork methods and
                                                                        Emergence of Civilisation
language or entrepreneurship.                                                                                             materials analysis, period-
                                                                        Classical, Mediaeval and
                                                                                                                          based modules such as Later
Our curriculum is a structured progression                                 Historical Archaeology
                                                                                                       Prehistory or Roman Archaeology, and thematic
over three years (going on to the fourth                                Landscapes and Seascapes
                                                                                                       modules such as Ethno-archaeology.
year Masters programmes). The first year                                Object Matters
is a general introduction to the breadth of                             Social and Cultural
                                                                        Anthropology for
                                                                                                       Final year option modules
archaeology, followed by more in-depth
                                                                           Archaeologists              You will chose six option modules from a list
modules in the second year, and very
                                                    Scientific Techniques in Archaeology               of up to 12 reflecting the research interests
specialised, thematic modules in the third
                                                                                                       of individual staff members. In addition, a
year.                                               Second year core modules                           10,000-word dissertation project will count
                                                                        Archaeological Analysis and    for two modules’ credit. Single Honours
                                                                          Research Skills              students write an Archaeology dissertation,
                                                                        Archaeological Theory          but Combined Honours students may write a
Fieldwork -                                                             Archaeology and Society        dissertation in either discipline.

hands-on experience at the
heart of your subject
Fieldwork is an integral part of archaeology,
and all students (including combined honours)
are required to do at least three weeks
                                                    What to expect from your
fieldwork in the summer after their first year.
Excavating archaeological sites is only one of
                                                    Archaeology degree
many ways we gather information about the           When you study Archaeology, no two days            focus firmly on the people of past. You may
past. Your fieldwork may involve documenting        are the same. You will spend some of your          learn how to reconstruct climate change over
a standing building or an intact ship,              time in the labs, learning how to record and       thousands of years, but to investigate what these
geophysical surveys or recording rock art.          identify different types of materials. Some        changing climates meant for people living at the
                                                    days you might be out in the field, taking         end of the last ice age. In the BA Archaeology, you
Southampton has a distinctive policy of
                                                    part in a geophysical survey or identifying        will be able to acquire a broad-based knowledge
training through research-led projects, so
                                                    monuments in the landscape. Other days you         of all aspects of Archaeology, whilst developing
you will learn how fieldwork develops in
                                                    might be researching an essay on the meaning       your own specialist interests through a series of
response to theoretical and regional research
                                                    of Stonehenge, or taking part in a seminar about   period-based and thematic tracks through the
agendas. You’ll experience close student-
                                                    whether archaeological remains should be           three years. Our combined honours offer a wide
staff co-operation during the field season,
                                                    preserved or destroyed.                            range of choice. You can take your options from
with the ever-present potential for exciting
                                                                                                       the full range of those available in both subjects,
archaeological discoveries. We typically run        In the BSc Archaeology, you will learn about
                                                                                                       allowing you to build up your own unique
up to 10 projects, about half in Britain and half   cutting edge scientific practice, but with the
overseas, in locations such as Crete, Hungary,
Sweden and the West Indies.

“My favourite part of doing the
 degree was actually walking into
 the see everyone
 you know...and either talk about
 what’s going on in the news
 related to archaeology, or what
 you’ve done in class, and it’s
 really, really welcoming.”
                                                                                                              “It is clear that Archaeology
                                                                                                               students learn the subject
                                                                                                               in a thoroughly stimulating
                                                                                                               environment and benefit from
                                                                                                               challenging and high quality,
                                                                                                               research-led teaching ”
                                                                                                               Dr. Robin Skeates, University
                                                                                                               of Durham. External examiner

Your future as a Southampton                                                                             Teaching and
Archaeology graduate -                                                                                   assessment -
a firm foundation for a successful career                                                                a flexible and supportive
                                                                                                         learning environment
At the end of your degree, you have a wide choice   If you chose to use your skills in another field,
of careers. If you chose to stay in Archaeology,    you will be well equipped for the jobs market.       In the department of Archaeology we teach
there is a range of areas open to you: not just     Our archaeology graduates are eminently              in a flexible, thematic and non-traditional
working as a digger, but also museum curator,       employable thanks to the skills they have            manner which allows you to demonstrate your
heritage manager, finds specialist, conservator     developed. You will have excellent teamwork          strengths, and develop your skills. We take great
and University lecturer. Some of our students       skills, be able to interpret textual and numerical   pride in the varied and innovative nature of our
go straight into jobs, others stay at University    data and communicate it in a range of formats,       assessment methods, which include essays,
and study for a Masters degree to learn more        from presentations to charts and professional        exams, portfolios and posters. In the first year
                                                                                                         we concentrate on lecture-based teaching, with
You will be capable of assessing different types of information                                          essays and exams. By the third year, you will be
                                                                                                         learning through informal teaching in small
critically, with a capacity for problem-solving and creative
                                                                                                         groups, with more individual, research-based
thinking, and excellent teamwork and time management skills.                                             assessment.
specialised skills. At the start 2007 there were    reports. Our graduates have gone on to a wide        At Southampton, we also believe in embedding
6,865 archaeologists working as ‘diggers’ and       range of careers, including the army, teaching,      transferable skills within the learning and
museum staff, professors, public administrators     law and the financial sector.                        assessment methods of all our modules. These
and business consultants, with growth in the                                                             include preparing written reports and studies,
sector forecast at 30% or more by 2008.                                                                  making oral presentations to small and large
                                                                                                         groups, the use of information technology, and
                                                                                                         analysing and interpreting numerical data.

                                                                                                         Find out more...
                                                                                                         For more information about the School of
                                                                                                         Humanities, please visit

                                                                                                         Admissions Tutor Dr. Louise Revell
                                                                                                         Admissions Co-ordinator Thom Bull
                                                                                                         Telephone +44 (0)23 8059 8404
                                                                                                         Fax +44 (0)23 8059 2157
                                                                                                         School of Humanities
                                                                                                         University of Southampton
                                                                                                         Highfield, Southampton
                                                                                                         SO 17 1BJ
                                                                                                         United Kingdom

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