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Explore the archaeology and social lives of Early Medieval English and Scandinavian peoples.  

The Saxon and Viking period was one of mass-migration and cultural interaction, where Germanic language people traded and invaded from Ireland to Istanbul. Their mythical origins can be traced in the archaeology left behind and their pagan ways underpinned Christianity in the west. 

Course outline

  • Topic 1: Introduction: the Early Medieval Age of Migrations  
  • Topic 2: Life and Death in Saxon England 
  • Topic 3: Pirates from the Sea: Vikings and the Celtic Fringe 
  • Topic 4: Danelaw and the Scandinavian Empire  

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course, learners will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Understand the archaeological timeline and characteristics of Early Medieval Western Europe;
  • Recognise the social and cultural changes from one time period to another;
  • Grasp key debates about the identities of Early Medieval communities;
  • Explain the nature of monuments, housing, domestic lives, beliefs, and attitudes to death.

Who should enrol

This course is aimed at a general audience with a healthy enthusiasm for studying the past but no previous experience in archaeology is necessary. 

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