The Mediterranean in the Medieval World

Module code: AR2553

The expansion of the Christian church, the rise and spread of Islam, and the powerful Byzantine Empire all make the study of the medieval period around the Mediterranean from an archaeological perspective fascinating and unusual. You will explore such things as the role of castles, warfare and weapons in contests for power and domination - with a section on the archaeology of the Crusades. You will trace trade around the Mediterranean world through archaeological studies, along with changes to settlement patterns and changing urban forms.


This module is studied by distance learning. This can include resource-based learning; directed reading; self-assessed exercises, independent research; assignment feedback; academic support from tutors; electronic discussion groups; peer-group support and interaction.


  • Essay 1, 2,000 words (30%)
  • Essay 2, 3,000 words (70%)