The Department of Archaeology at the University of Bristol are delighted to invite suitably qualified applicants for a new taught Masters programme (MA)in Historical
Archaeology of the Modern World for October 2002 entry. Applicants will usually have Archaeology, Anthropology, History or Geography
as a first degree subject or major - and will be able to demonstrate a
genuine interest in history and archaeology.
MA in Historical Archaeology of the Modern World (AD 1500-2000)
Department of Archaeology, University of Bristol, UK
Over the past 30 years, academic interest in the archaeology of the 'post
medieval', 'later historical' or 'modern' period (1500-2000 AD) has
radically shifted. From a series of smaller disciplines - clay pipe studies,
garden archaeology and industrial archaeology - an increasingly coherent and
confident discipline, international in perspective, has developed -
especially in the USA and Australia.
The legislative provisions for archaeology and heritage management around
the world have defined modern archaeological remains as of equal importance
with earlier material. Meanwhile the contribution of archaeological evidence
to our understanding of the development of the modern world, has been
recognised by other disciplines, such as economic and social history, art
history, and anthropology. This course is a response to this sea change in
the boundaries of archaeology.
Applications from individuals from a range of academic and professional
backgrounds are invited, and applications from overseas students and mature
students are particularly welcomed. The programme may be taken as full-time
study (one year) or part-time (two years, UK and EU residents only).
This course aims to combine a broad academic content with sound and detailed
elements. Students will gain detailed knowledge of the material remains of
the modern period, and of current theoretical and professional issues in
historical archaeology. The course provides a sound basis for a career in
professional archaeology and heritage management/CRM anywhere in the world,
or for further academic research.
The Archaeology Department at Bristol is home to a young, exciting,
international and rapidly expanding graduate school in archaeology - the
success of which will be built upon by this new Masters programme. Bristol
makes a natural home for a taught course in the new global historical
archaeology. It was in Bristol that the meeting in autumn 1963 was held
which led to the formation of the Post-Medieval Ceramic Research Group -
which was to grow into the Society for Post Medieval Archaeology
(SPMA) three years later. Bristol's role as a key city in the development of
the medieval and
post-medieval Atlantic world also makes it an appropriate location.
Dr Mark Horton (Reader in Archaeology, Head of Department) and
Professor Mick Aston BA, FSA, MIFA (Professor of Landscape Archaeology).
One of the main strengths of this taught course is that it draws upon a wide
range of specialists of national and international standing from other
Universities and professional organisations, who will teach the components
of each Unit.
Full details of the Masters programme are online at
For further details please contact: Dan.Hicks@bristol.ac.uk or:
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