Neolithic, Bronze Age, and Iron Age Britain and Ireland

Module code: AR2032

This module explores the Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age of Britain and Ireland. 

During this period ways of life underwent radical transformations. We will consider the approaches and methods which archaeologists have used to critically evaluate the archaeological evidence for different ways of life in prehistory. The module is organised around three core themes: monuments; materials; and, the treatment of the dead. For each theme you will have an introductory lecture that outlines the key debates and theoretical approaches that shape how archaeologists have thought about the theme, this will be followed by specific lectures focusing on the archaeological evidence from the Neolithic, Bronze Age, and Iron Age. In addition to lectures there will be seminars where we explore key debates in British and Irish prehistory.

Topics covered

  • Neolithic Britain and Ireland
  • Bronze Age Britain and Ireland
  • Iron Age Britain and Ireland
  • Monuments
  • Materials
  • Mortuary Practices
  • Archaeological theory