Module: Landscape Cultural History and Change

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Aidan Scott
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    200 hours
  • Contact hrs

    90 hours
  • Teaching Period

    Semester 1

Module content

This module will look at the development of landscape both urban and rural, through agricultural and industrial land use from pre-history (paleolithic) to the present day, changes in perception and use.

In addition through visual, aerial and physical records students will study landscape as an archaeological resource as part of a desktop study research project and a range of archaeological surveying techniques, which will examine the impacts of successive human cultures and their legacy in the form of artefacts and monuments and archaeological remains.

The module will make extensive use of local archives, libraries, the HER and the NMR as the students investigate local case studies. The site at Harnhill, in particular, is an excellent resource but other sites will be utilized for research activities as and when they become available.

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Describe the impacts of successive historical periods on the landscape.
  2. Summarise the sources and evidence for landscape interpretation.
  3. Produce a field report based upon the desktop study and archaeological investigation of a selected site.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Field Report based upon a desktop research project and the contour mapping exercise of a selected site 50%
Examination Open book exam (2 hours) 50%

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following: 

  • Hoskins, W. G. (2005) The making of the English landscape. New ed. Hodder & Stoughton
  • Pryor, F. (2011) The making of the British landscape: How we have transformed the land, from prehistory to today. Penguin
  • Wood, M. (2010) The story of England. Viking

Supporting texts

  • Darvill, T. (1987) Ancient monuments in the countryside – an archaeological management review. English Heritage
  • Easterby-Smith, M.; Thorpe, R. J. and Paul R. (2008) Management Research: An Introduction. 3rd ed. Sage Publications
  • Howard, P. (2003) Heritage: management, interpretation, identity. Continuum
  • Rackham, O. (2003) An illustrated history of the countryside. 2nd ed. Orion Publishing
  • Wilson, C. (1994) Earth heritage conservation: London and Bath.  The Open University and The Geological Society