Why study Archaeology?
Archaeology is a fascinating, rich and rewarding subject that explores many different aspects of humankind and embraces a wide range of skills and experiences. Archaeology is all about discovering and investigating the human past, from human evolution to the present day. By studying archaeology we can find out about how people spent their lives, where they lived, the clothes they wore and the food they ate.
Archaeology can uncover the religions, burial customs and beliefs of past societies. Through artefacts and excavations, extraordinary details of the daily lives of past generations can be investigated. Archaeology offers a perspective on broad topics, such as how different societies identified and organised themselves, how they co-existed and interacted with other communities and how they perceived and used the physical landscape in which they lived.
Why study Archaeology at Chester?
Archaeology is the ideal subject of study for those that like to mix ‘inside’ academic work and ‘outside’ experiences. The programmes will provide you with a range of subject-specific skills to pursue a career or further study in archaeology or heritage. Archaeology also offers you the chance to develop key skills such as leadership, teamwork, problem-solving, IT, and the written and presentation skills needed to help you succeed in any other future you choose.
Many students come to us without any previous experience of studying archaeology. In your first year, you begin to explore the skills, methods and theories of archaeology and get a broad foundation in the archaeology of Britain in its European context from prehistory to the modern period. In your second and third years, you continue to develop more specific practical skills and also pursue your own interests through a variety of period or thematic modules, such as The Archaeology of Medieval Britain, AD 400-1500 or Death and Burial. Throughout the degree, students are encouraged to take up opportunities to volunteer on a range of experiences and field projects associated with the department.
The historic city of Chester is an internationally important archaeological site. These programmes use Chester and its hinterland as a model for exploring the archaeology of Britain. They give a broad view of British archaeology, focusing on the historic period, from the beginning of the Roman era to the present age, although the programmes also offer the chance to study prehistoric Britain and consider and reflect on themes in wider European and world archaeology. Our programmes also include modules specifically dedicated to heritage management and theory, which offers students another perspective on how the past really does matter in the present.
The modules embrace a mixture of theory, method and practice. Professional archaeologists from Chester Archaeology (Chester City Council’s archaeology service) contribute to the teaching as do other heritage professionals. A significant amount of fieldwork training is offered including participation in full-scale archaeological excavation.
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