Archaeology

University of Cambridge
In Cambridge (England)

Price on request

Important information

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Cambridge (England)
  • When:
    Flexible
Description

Overview Archaeology at Cambridge Our course encompasses archaeology, Assyriology, Egyptology and biological anthropology. Its flexibility means you can either specialise from Year 1, or opt for a broad start before concentrating on up to two subjects from the second year. Archaeology uses material evidence to explore the nature and development of particular societies and to explain the variations and commonalities of the human past. Assyriology is the study of the languages, cultures, history and archaeology of ancient Mesopotamia (Sumer, Babylonia and Assyria). Egyptology is the study of the history, languages, society, archaeology and religion of ancient Egypt. Biological anthropology explores human evolution, biology and behaviour, and the interaction between biology and culture. From Year 2, you can follow a single-subject track to specialise in one of the four subjects listed above. Alternatively, there are two two-subject tracks available – Archaeology and Biological Anthropology, and Assyriology and Egyptology. Teaching and resources Archaeology has been taught at Cambridge for more than a century and our staff are at the forefront of research, involving students through fieldwork and research projects. Our excellent resources include the Cambridge Archaeological Unit, a well-equipped IT suite, purpose built laboratories and dedicated libraries. In addition, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Fitzwilliam Museum provide access to extensive collections of primary sources of world importance. Additional course costs Details Estimated cost Year 1 Required: some of the archaeology papers include a compulsory field trip during the Easter Term (Department funds are usually available), also available to those taking other papers as an optional field trip £50 Required: two weeks of fieldwork during the summer vacation after Year 1 for students taking Archaeology or Archaeology and Biological Anthropology in Year 2 £100...

Important information

Requirements: Entry Requirements Typical offers require A Level: A*AAIB: 40-41 points, with 776 at Higher Level For other qualifications, see our main Entrance requirements pages. Course requirements Required by all Colleges: no specific subjectsRequired by some Colleges: no specific subjectsUseful preparation: Classics, Geography, History, a language (ancient or modern), science...

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Cambridge
1 Trumpington Street, CB2 1QA, Cambridgeshire , England
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What you'll learn on the course

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IT
Archaeology
Classics
Biology

Course programme

Course Outline Archaeology Course Outline

In Year 1, you have between six and eight lectures and one or two supervisions each week, plus weekly language classes and/or practicals (where appropriate).

You’re assessed each year, principally through written exams but some papers include assessed practicals/fieldwork. Most students also write a 10,000 word dissertation in Year 3.

Year 1 (Part I)

You pick three from seven core archaeology, language and biological anthropology options (certain papers are advised for some Year 2 subjects) – see details the Department website.

Your fourth can be another core paper, a psychology paper, or one from Human, Social, and Political Sciences (HSPS).

Years 2 and 3 (Parts IIA and IIB)

You can pursue one of four single-subject tracks (see below) or one of two two-subject tracks – Archaeology and Biological Anthropology or Assyriology and Egyptology (details on the Department website).

Archaeology Year 2 (Part IIA)

You take papers on theory and practice, data analysis, and the archaeology of a particular period or region. The fourth is either another period/region paper, a biological anthropology subject or one from Classics or HSPS.

Fieldwork consists of two weeks in the summer before Year 2 and a week overseas at Easter.

Year 3 (Part IIB)

You complete four weeks of fieldwork in the summer before Year 3.

All students study advanced archaeological thought, archaeology in the wider world and a Special Topic, plus one or two papers from options within this course, Classics or HSPS. All students also write a dissertation.

Assyriology Year 2 (Part IIA)

You take four papers: Mesopotamian archaeology, Akkadian language, and two from other course options (one can be from Classics or HSPS). You also undertake a four-week study tour and/or fieldwork.

Year 3 (Part IIB)

You take advanced Akkadian language and Mesopotamian archaeology papers; and one on Mesopotamian history or culture, or Sumerian language. The fourth is one of around 20 options available or a dissertation.

Egyptology Year 2 (Part IIA)

You take papers in Egyptian language and archaeological methods and concepts, plus two papers on society, religion and death in Ancient Egypt. You also undertake a four-week study tour and/or fieldwork.

Year 3 (Part IIB)

Alongside a core Egyptian language paper and two Egyptian archaeology papers, all students write a dissertation.

Biological Anthropology Year 2 (Part IIA)

Three compulsory papers explore behavioural ecology, human origins, and health and disease. You select your fourth from options offered elsewhere in this course or HSPS.

Year 3 (Part IIB)

You take a theory and practice paper, and three more surveying current issues across biological anthropology and the other course subjects (you can substitute one of the last three papers for a dissertation or a paper from HSPS).

For further information about studying Archaeology at the University of Cambridge see the Division of Archaeology website.