Module Identifier RS12710  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Professor Richard Moore-Colyer  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Lecture   19 Hours  
Assessment Exam   1.5 Hours   100%  

Syllabus / Curriculum design

The module commences with an overview of historic landscapes and man-made changes to the landscape from the Iron Age, through Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Viking and Norman impacts on the landscape. The mediaeval period and enclosure of fields, changes due to industrial and agricultural demands, and landscape design are considered. The monitoring of change, archaeological evidence and surveys, will also be included. It will be beneficial to students intending to take the second year Landscape Management module. The module comprises nineteen hours of lectures, two visits and one practical.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to:

(i)   Develop a basic understanding of the historical development of civilisations and landscapes in Britain.
(ii)   Explore the factors that have influence large and small scale changes in the British landscape.
(iii) Understand ancient, recent and present day landscapes and their associated features.
(iv) Recognise the influence of physical, human and biotic factors on the landscape.
(v)   Identify a range of information sources and practical work to assist in the understanding of the above points.

Transferable skills

Development of personal initiative: interpretation of features and landscapes in the field.

Aims of the module

The module aims to heighten awareness and appreciation of regional landscapes by interpreting their unique character. The components that develop a landscape are individually assessed for their importance and contribution. An introduction to the history and development of British landscapes is considered by focusing on periods of invasion, settlement, development and change. Land use changes and the introduction of landscape features are identified and brought into a present day context. The role of information sources and archaeology in the preservation of these fossilised features and landscapes are also considered.

Reading Lists

Dodgshon R A. (1980) The origin of British field systems. Academic Press
Hoskins W G. (1988) The making of the English landscape. Hodder and Stoughton
Darvill T. (1987) Prehistoric Britain. Batsford
Jones M. (1986) England before Domesday. Batsford
McIntosh J. (1986) The Archaeologists' Handbook. Bell and Hyman
Shackley M. (1985) Using Environmental Archaeology. Batsford
Rackham O. (1993) The history of the countryside. J M Dent
Renfrew C & Bahn P. (1991) Archaeology: Theories, methods and practice. Thames & Hudson