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Undergraduate study

Entry 2012

Key facts

Archaeology at Hull | 1

Degree course

UCAS code

Applying for archaeology at Hull: FAQs | 4

BA Archaeology and Medieval History


300 points

BA Art History and Archaeology


300 points

BSc Geography and Archaeology

FF84 BSc/GeA

280–300 points

BA History and Archaeology


300 points

BA Geography and Archaeology


280–300 points

About the degree courses | 6 Teaching and learning | 8 Fieldwork | 12 Who’s who on the academic staff | 14 Careers for archaeology graduates | 16

Standard offer

We welcome applications from mature or overseas candidates and from those with qualifications other than A and AS levels.

Information and enquiries Geography and Archaeology Admissions Tutor Department of Geography University of Hull Hull, HU6 7RX 01482 465575

History or Art History and Archaeology Kay Nock Admissions Coordinator Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences University of Hull Hull, HU6 7RX 01482 466191

BA Archaeology (part-time) Dr John Walker Part-Time Coordinator Department of History University of Hull Hull, HU6 7RX 01482 465490

General enquiries Any enquiries about the archaeological content of the courses should be addressed to

Dates of semesters Semester 1 24 Sep – 14 Dec 2012

Semester 2 28 Jan – 10 May 2013

Dr Helen Fenwick Department of History University of Hull Hull, HU6 7RX 01482 465543

Archaeology at Hull Archaeology is a well-established area of research at the University of Hull and can be studied at degree level alongside geography, history or art history. These degree courses are taught by members of the successful Departments of Geography and History, who have a wide range of archaeological interests and experience, and by members of the wider archaeological community. All degrees are available full-time and part-time. A part-time degree in Archaeology is also available, and archaeology can be studied part-time to certificate or diploma level via courses offered by the Department of History. The modularised degree structure provides training in core areas of the subjects, while offering you a wide range of choice across the breadth of the disciplines. Whichever modules you choose, we aim to provide a stimulating and supportive environment in which you can enhance your understanding of these fascinating subjects, and to provide you with both academic and practical skills that will be valued by potential employers.

The Department of Geography The Department of Geography at Hull provides a wide range of courses and facilities, and its staff have a diverse set of specialist skills and areas of expertise encompassing most aspects of archaeology as well as geography. The department is located in the attractive Cohen Building. It contains a wide range of modern, well-equipped teaching facilities, including lecture theatres and seminar rooms, laboratories and networked computer areas. The University Map Room, housed within the building, provides excellent facilities for private study and an information service for students.

The Department of History The department’s academic staff maintain the traditions of scholarship established by renowned historians such as A G Dickens, John Kenyon and Richard Vaughan. The department offers a diverse range of modules, including British, European, medieval, modern, economic, social, American and Asian history, along with art history and archaeology. Hull’s strong maritime past is reflected in the department’s Maritime Historical Studies Centre, which offers both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The Department of History, with its computer suite and seminar rooms, is located on the main campus, while the maritime research centre is based at Blaydes House in Hull’s Old Town.



Students on our archaeology programmes benefit from our on-campus Wetland Archaeology and Environments Research Centre, which specialises in past human–landscape interactions and the preservation of waterlogged burial environments.

Dig it Naturally, fieldwork is an essential component of our degrees. Most modules take advantage of regional archaeology, with day field trips as part of the teaching. All students undertake fieldwork during their first summer vacation, which allows them both to acquire practical skills and to develop their social skills by mixing with other students and volunteers. Who knows what you might unearth?

Applying for archaeology at Hull: FAQs What archaeology degrees are offered at Hull? Six degree courses are currently offered: • • • • • •

BA Archaeology and Medieval History BA Art History and Archaeology BSc Geography and Archaeology BA Geography and Archaeology BA History and Archaeology BA Archaeology (part-time)

The three-year full-time courses can also be studied parttime over a longer period. The part-time BA Archaeology is studied over six years. A Certificate in Archaeology and a Diploma in Archaeology and the Landscape are also offered by the University. Both are studied part-time over two years. Modules from these can also lead to a part-time degree in History and Archaeology or in Archaeology.

What qualifications will I need? Offers for entry to the degree courses usually lie in the range of 280–300 UCAS tariff points from three A level subjects. Geography at A level is not a prerequisite for the Geography and Archaeology courses, though we do prefer Geography at AS level. It is not necessary to have any qualifications in History for the history programmes.

Do you encourage applications from overseas candidates and from those with qualifications other than A and AS levels? Yes, the University encourages applications from people of all backgrounds. We consider applicants on the basis of academic qualifications at Level 3 (A level or equivalent) and/or on the basis of other relevant knowlege and skills. If you lack the usual academic qualifications, you are encouraged to contact the relevant department for informal discussion before submitting an application.

Will I be interviewed and may I visit the departments? Provisional decisions on most applications are made without interview, on the basis of information shown in the UCAS application. Applicants are then invited to attend one of the regular open days. The open day allows applicants and their parents to meet and talk with staff and students informally and to tour the departments, the University campus and student accommodation.



How many places are available on the degree courses? We aim to admit up to around 20 students to each of the degree courses.

Who do I contact for further information about admissions? For the Geography and Archaeology courses, contact Admissions Tutor Department of Geography University of Hull Hull, HU6 7RX 01482 465575 For the BAs with history or art history, contact Kay Nock Admissions Coordinator Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences University of Hull Hull, HU6 7RX 01482 466191 If you have a UCAS personal ID, please quote it in all correspondence. For the part-time BA Archaeology or the Certificate or Diploma in Archaeology, contact Dr John Walker Department of History University of Hull Hull, HU6 7RX 01482 465490



About the degree courses


BA Archaeology and Medieval History

All courses at the University of Hull are modular and teaching takes place under a semester system, the academic year being divided into two semesters of 14 and 16 weeks. Students take 120 credits each year. Archaeology modules are taught in both the Geography Department and the History Department, and students make selections across departments. All first-year students on the joint courses take the same two core archaeology modules in the first year.

This course allows you to specialise in one particular area of history, the medieval period, in conjunction with archaeology. It offers the same wealth of archaeology modules as the BA History and Archaeology course, but the other half of your course is built from the wide selection of medieval history options available in the department. You can opt in your final year to take a Special Subject which allows you the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of a particular period and theme in medieval history.

BSc or BA Geography and Archaeology The integration of geography and archaeology offers you numerous opportunities to pursue careers in archaeology, environmental arenas and geography. The lively mix between geography and archaeology ensures that students benefit from involvement in an expanding department with an exciting research culture. The courses emphasise practical skills, thereby ensuring that graduates enter their professional life equipped with a wide range of abilities and a positive approach to both individual and team-based activities. The three-year BSc Joint Honours Geography and Archaeology degree is aimed at students with an interest in the environmental and ecological sciences. The course incorporates the essential elements of both disciplines in a way that ensures students gain a practical-based degree focusing on wetlands (both archaeological and ecological), landscape evolution processes and the effects of natural and human agencies on the landscape. The three-year BA Joint Honours Geography and Archaeology course is designed for students who have an interest in the human elements of geography.

BA History and Archaeology This course allows great flexibility, offering a wide range of choices within the History Department. In the first year you undertake core modules introducing you to skills within history and archaeology, and can then choose from a list of more specific modules. In the second and third years the wide choice of modules allows you to gain insights into different periods and diverse geographical areas. In your third year you undertake a dissertation on a topic of your own choice. You can also choose one of the free elective modules offered by other departments, although you may study only history and archaeology modules if you prefer.



BA Art History and Archaeology This course brings together two of the specialist disciplines found within the History Department. In the first year you undertake a range of core modules, both in art history and in archaeology. These provide a foundation for your selections from a range of options in the second and third years. Art history modules include Leonardo, Michaelangelo and Raphael; Art and Life in Renaissance Venice; Modern Art and the Modernist Debate; and The Pre-Raphaelites and Pre-Raphaelitism. The archaeology modules are explored later in this brochure.

BA Archaeology (part-time) This course builds on the established Certificate in Archaeology and Diploma in Archaeology and the Landscape, allowing you to study archaeology over six years, within a framework which allows you to take all classes during the evening or at weekends. The first two years of the course provide core modules which introduce you to the methods and theories of archaeology and to the main periods within archaeology. From Year 3 onwards you can select a range of modules from those available in the evening, and, if your situation allows, this range can be extended by selection of modules offered during the daytime. All students complete a dissertation in their sixth year of study.

‘I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Hull and have adapted well to academic work, with support from the friendly staff. Archaeology has become such a passion that in between my first and second years I spent the entire summer on excavations. Meeting students from other universities, I found that the course at Hull provides a good grounding in many theoretical and practical perspectives which are not always covered in larger departments. I feel that the smaller groups at Hull have allowed a much more in-depth approach to learning and have engaged students in important current debates. If you’re interested in the past and want to learn in a supportive environment, then Hull is the place.’ Dane Wright BA History and Archaeology



Teaching and learning Teaching methods We use a variety of teaching methods – lectures, tutorials, seminars, discussion groups, practical classes and fieldwork. All students can attend practical classes in computing as part of the transferable skills programme, and all are involved in fieldwork.

Assessment methods Most modules are assessed by exercises, essays, seminar presentations or project reports. In all the courses these account for approximately 50% of the total marks available, depending on the year of study and the modules taken, with examinations making up the remainder of the assessment.

Resources The departments’ teaching rooms and laboratories are complemented by the University Map Room, within the Cohen Building, which provides resources and a private study area for students. The Brynmor Jones Library (the University’s main library, situated close to both departments) has an extensive range of archaeology, geography and history books and periodicals, and provides around 300 computers for student use. Both departments also have dedicated computer rooms, and there is a specialist GIS lab located within the Cohen Building. An archaeology resource room is available for students. Located within the History Department, this allows access to excavation reports, drawing facilities and reference collections.

Student support The work of both departments is based on close personal contact between staff and students. As well as receiving support from tutors, each student is assigned a supervisor who looks after their academic and personal well-being throughout the duration of their degree course. Students also benefit from the support of technical staff and postgraduate teaching assistants. Although supervisors are sympathetic and experienced in dealing with students’ concerns, the University also provides a professional and confidential Counselling Service. Other sources of assistance include the students’ union Advice Centre and tutors in halls of residence.

Study areas The modules offered reflect the varied research interests of the academic staff and cover a wide range of subjects across the whole spectrum of archaeology, as illustrated by the list below. Details of the Geography and History modules can be found in their own subject pamphlets and on their websites.

As well as receiving support from tutors, each student is assigned a supervisor who looks after their academic and personal well-being throughout the duration of their degree.



The modules offered may change from time to time in accordance with changing staff interests and availability, but the list provides a useful indication of the breadth of areas currently available for study.

First year British Archaeology This module introduces you to the main archaeological periods and the types of associated features and sites, drawing on examples from across the British Isles.

Archaeology: History, Theory and Method Before you undertake your first training excavation in the summer vacation at the end of the first year, this course introduces you to the different archaeological methods and the theories behind archaeological interpretation. It also introduces you to the wider world of archaeology and the part it plays in current policies. Cities and Civilisations: Art and Archaeology in Context Focusing on Athens, Rome, York and Florence as case studies, archaeology and art history are used to explore the intriguing relationship between art and society, in particular the relationship between the art of classical Greece and Rome and that of the Renaissance which it inspired.

Second year Archaeology – Field Method Procedure This module is based around a three-week training excavation in the summer vacation at the end of the first year. The excavation introduces you to a wide range of techniques such as excavation, geophysical survey, field walking and surveying. You then write a report on your experiences and evaluate the methods used. The Archaeology of Roman Britain This module examines evidence for Roman Britain through a study of the army, towns, the countryside, everyday life, crafts and industry, and religion and ritual. It considers the degree to which Britain was Romanised and the various opinions of archaeologists about this and related areas of debate. Britons, Angles, Saxons and Vikings: The Archaeology of Early Medieval England Once referred to as the Dark Ages, it is now more usual to refer to the era between the end of Roman Britain and 1066 as the early medieval period. Archaeology has shown this time to be far from ‘dark’ and has enabled us to flesh out a fascinating story provided by the sometimes problematic documentary sources. This module examines the evidence for Anglo-Saxon and Viking occupation, largely drawn from excavated burials, settlements and other material remains. Research Skills and GIS for Archaeologists This module imparts a basic understanding of the use of GIS (geographical information systems) in archaeology and helps you develop a research strategy for the dissertation which you will undertake in the third year. Mayans, Aztecs and Incas: Ritual, Sacrifice and Cities in Pre-Columbian America This module explores the development of the great civilisations of the Americas, including the Aztecs, Maya and Incas. By examining the archaeological evidence, we assess the nature of settlement and ritual among these spectacular cultures. The Earlier Prehistory of East Yorkshire The development of the region of East Yorkshire from the Palaeolithic to the end of the Bronze Age is examined, with reference to environment, settlement, industry, ritual, burial and material culture.



Third year Wetland Archaeology This module examines the different types of evidence and sites that are uncovered in wetland areas with good preservation of archaeological materials, and the specialist techniques that are needed to undertake excavation in these conditions. Hunter-Gatherer to Farmer This module examines the key issues relating to the shift from the exploitation of ‘wild’ to the use of ‘domesticated’ resources. It studies the concepts relating to perceptions of hunting-gathering and farming, and how these change over a wide geographical area. The Parisi: Iron Age and Roman East Yorkshire The Parisi were the people who, according to Ptolemy, occupied eastern Yorkshire during the Roman period, and possibly in the Iron Age. We aim to explore the nature of these people through examination of the archaeological evidence for settlements, territorial division, burial, and trade and industry. The Archaeology of the Castle Castles are an icon of the medieval period. This module examines the development of the castle in England and Wales, examining the military and social aspects of these magnificent structures. Dissertation You undertake a piece of original research on a topic of your own choice in the third year. You are assigned a dissertation supervisor who offers advice on the choice of topic and preparation of the dissertation.

Additional modules Additional modules are available in the form of free electives (see the inner back cover) and include World Archaeology This module provides an introduction to some of the world’s most famous archaeological sites, looking at the development of the great civilisations of Egypt, Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley as well as the Mayans, Aztecs and Incas.





Fieldwork For many students, fieldwork is one of the highlights of their degree, and at Hull we regard field teaching as a vital part of our courses. ‘The field’ is the ultimate archaeological laboratory, and learning to work in it is crucial to your development as an archaeologist. Fieldwork involves the use of techniques of observation, information recording and interpretation, and provides a deeper understanding of archaeological methods and remains. Fieldwork plays an important part in each year of the courses. For Geography and Archaeology students, it begins soon after arrival when all new students attend a residential field weekend, usually in Scarborough. This introduces the geography and archaeology of the local area (especially the Yorkshire Wolds and the North York Moors National Park) and themes, concepts and techniques which are developed in the core skills module and tutorials. In the second year, the Field Study and Research Design module involves a major overseas field course – current venues include Spain, Italy, France and Tenerife. Local fieldwork is integral to many modules in all three years. For History and Archaeology students fieldwork is incorporated into most modules, capitalising on the region’s rich archaeological heritage and expanding upon what is learnt on campus by providing hands-on experience. All students are required to undertake fieldwork training during the summer vacation in their first year (usually for a minimum of three weeks). You gain basic skills on one of the training excavations run by the University, or you can elect to join an approved training excavation elsewhere. Fieldwork skills are not directly assessed thereafter, but you are expected to undertake a more active role and assess your own development by continuing to improve your skills.

Fieldwork in the local area Day excursions are linked to individual modules and to the wide and varied archaeological heritage of Hull and its region. Extensive use is made of the Hull and East Riding Museum in the city’s Museums Quarter, which has one of the best archaeological collections in the country: an extensive collection of Neolithic and Bronze Age artefacts, the largest Iron Age boat in the country, one of the best collections of Roman mosaics, and new Anglo-Saxon and medieval galleries.

In the second year, the Field Study and Research Design module involves a major overseas field course – current venues include Spain, Italy, France and Tenerife.



Archaeological sites of international importance in East Yorkshire include the famous Mesolithic site at Star Carr; Britain’s tallest standing stone at Rudston, surrounded by a ritual landscape of burial mounds and cursus monuments; and the great abbeys and monasteries of North Yorkshire, such as Fountains and Rievaulx. At nearby York, you can examine the development of a settlement from the Roman period to the present, and the use of archaeology within the tourism industry. Current University projects include the Brodsworth Community Archaeology Project, which is investigating the landscape of eight parishes in South Yorkshire. Here excavations have revealed Iron Age and Roman farmsteads and complex landscape changes around the local church. The project is jointly run with the Department of Archaeology at Sheffield University.

Fieldwork costs All our field excursions are subsidised by the University. In Geography, there is usually no charge for day excursions, but you are asked to contribute approximately half of the costs of travel and accommodation for residential classes. Similarly, History asks students to contribute towards some of the fieldwork costs. Every effort is made to provide free places on University training excavations in the first year.



Who’s who on the academic staff Andrew Ayton (History) specialises in the social and military history of later medieval England. John G Bernasconi (History) is a specialist in Italian Renaissance art and particularly the art and civilisation of Venice. Jane Bunting (Geography) is a palaeoecologist with interests in environmental change, prehistoric human impacts on the landscape and woodland history. David Crouch (History) is Professor of Medieval History and has specialist interests in 12th- and 13th-century British history. Helen Fenwick (History) is a landscape archaeologist with specialist interests in medieval landscape evolution and world archaeology, especially Egyptology. Graham Ferrier (Geography) is a specialist in EOS (earth observation science) applications and environmental modelling. Richard Gorski (History) specialises in medieval and modern maritime history. Peter Halkon (History) is a specialist in landscape archaeology, particularly of the East Yorkshire region, with emphasis on the Iron Age and Roman periods. Julian Haseldine (History) specialises in the cultural and political history of Europe in the Middle Ages. Malcolm Lillie (Geography) is Programme Leader for Geography and Archaeology. He has specialist interests in wetlands and geoarchaeology, and in human– landscape interactions at the Mesolithic–Neolithic transition in Eastern Europe. Alison Price-Moir (History) has interests in the history of art and specialises in modern art. Jane Reed (Geography) specialises in environmental change and the study of lakes. Barbara Rumsby (Geography) has a particular interest in river response to environmental change. David J Starkey (History) is a lecturer in maritime history with specialist interests in privateering and modern maritime history. John Walker (History) is a medieval and local historian whose interests range from 12th- and 13th-century English political and religious history to the history of East Yorkshire in the Middle Ages and the early modern period.

The varied specialisms of the department’s academic staff allow us to offer a diverse range of modules, including British, European, medieval, modern, economic, social, American and Asian history, along with art history and archaeology.





Careers for archaeology graduates To help students plan their future after graduation, the University offers a first-class Careers Service, whose success is manifested in the employment success rate of our graduates – the University of Hull is consistently near the top of league tables in this important area. All the archaeology degrees provide excellent opportunities for employment after graduation, not least because of the breadth of the skills that are acquired during both the subject-specific and the transferable skills modules. The choice of careers is wide-ranging, including some where the ‘archaeology’ is put to direct use, such as archaeological site assistants, the museum profession and jobs with agencies such as English Heritage, but also many more where our graduates’ flexible skills reap dividends in the wider job market – management, financial services, computing, marketing, public administration, transport, tourism, the media … For some careers, further qualifications are important, and an increasing proportion of graduates go on to postgraduate study – pursuing, for example, MA, MSc and PhD degrees, the PGCE teaching certificate and various professional qualifications, especially in the financial services sector, business management, and town and country planning.

All of our archaeology degrees provide excellent opportunities for employment after graduation, not least because of the breadth of subjectspecific and transferable skills that you will acquire.



Free Elective Scheme Studying for a degree at the University of Hull is a unique experience. We aim to provide you with an education that offers both depth and breadth of knowledge. To meet these ends the University has developed an optional Free Elective Scheme. This scheme enables the majority of undergraduate students to take one module a year from outside their main course of study.

Admissions policy Admissions information provided in this pamphlet is intended as a general guide and cannot cover all possibilities. Entry requirements are generally stated in terms of A

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Here you take modules from your main course of study.

Here you have the option to take a free elective or another module from your main course of study.

This publication is intended principally as a guide for prospective students. The matters covered by it – academic and

What sort of subjects can I take? You can take almost any free elective module from outside your main course of study, usually at your home campus. You can even take a module from another faculty. The catalogue of free electives might include • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Critical Approaches (literature module) Politics and International Studies Space Science: Fact and Fiction Anarchism and Contemporary Global Protest The Middle Ages Go to the Movies Women and Politics The Politics of the European Union Passport modules in foreign languages Science and Society Screening Europe’s Past Introduction to Medieval Culture The Idea of Europe Field Studies in Marine Biology Introduction to Psychology

What are the main reasons for participating? • The scheme gives you the opportunity to study a subject without having to commit yourself to taking further modules in that subject area. • By taking a free elective you are able to follow up your interests as part of your degree. • With a broader education you may acquire extra skills that will help you when you enter the employment market.

otherwise – are subject to change from time to time, both before and after students are admitted, and the information contained in it does not form part of any contract. While every reasonable precaution was taken in the production of this brochure, the University does not accept liability for any inaccuracies.

Address For general enquiries, please write to Admissions Service University of Hull Hull, HU6 7RX T 01482 466100 F 01482 442290 E

Unusually for the period, the Iron Age tribes who occupied East Yorkshire interred their dead in graves. As a result, the burial sites are uncommonly well preserved and some of the ďŹ nest Iron Age artefacts in Europe have been unearthed in this region.

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