Archaeological Theory

Module code: AR2551

Module co-ordinator: Dr Oliver Harris

How we think about people, societies, material culture and of course archaeology itself is all shaped by our theoretical approach, whether we think we have one or not. In this module we work through a whole range of different theories such as postmodernism, dualisms, and postprocessualism, as well as looking at the ways in which archaeology draws on different issues such as identity, globalisation, and representation in order to analyse and understand more about the people in the past.


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


  • Portfolio of critiques and exercises (60%)
  • Essay, 2,500-3,000 words (40%)