Teaching Landscapes - Theory or Practice? Training Archaeology Students in Britain

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This paper outlines the problems of teaching landscape archaeology to Master’s Degree students in Britain. The M.A. in Landscape Archaeology trains postgraduate students to a high professional level primarily for fieldwork in the profession, but it is firmly embedded within an academic base. There is much in the literature of how we perceive, understand and interpret landscapes both from a philosophical and theoretical viewpoint, but these theories have to be balanced with the essential practical elements of fieldwork. This paper will explore the balance that needs to be reached between teaching the theoretical aspects of landscapes with the practical problems that professional archaeologists will encounter in their working lives.


Keywords: Landscapes, Archaeology, Theory, Practice
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Teaching Landscapes - Theory or Practice?


Dr. Paula J. Gardiner

Head of  Education, Department of Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Bristol
Bristol, Bristol, UK

I am Head of Education in the Department of Archaeology & Anthropology at the University of Bristol, England. I am responsible for all the teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the department and manage 25 members of staff. My discipline is in archaeology and I am an active researcher in the area of hunter-gatherer activity in Britain in the prehistoric period. I run excavations to train students who participate and contribute to my research aims. I have been a lecturer at Bristol for 10 years and ran the Lifelong Learning programmes for 6 years. I am currently programme director for the MA in Landscape Archaeology.

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