MA in Prehistoric Archaeology
MAKING THE DISTANT PAST PRESENT
The MA in Prehistoric Archaeology programme explores the prehistory of humans from their earliest traces in the Stone Age to the end of the Viking Age. The emphasis is on southern Scandinavian archaeology, but developments here are also related to the rest of Europe and beyond. Scandinavian archaeology has a long tradition and a unique find material. There are the spectacular shell mounds of the hunter-gatherers in the Mesolithic Age, thousands of megaliths and large causewayed enclosures constructed after the advent of agriculture, well-preserved oak log coffins from the Early Bronze Age, great mounds, intriguing rock carvings from the Late Bronze Age, the bog bodies and war booty sacrifices of the Iron Age, and the royal sites of the Viking Age, to mention just a few of the highlights. The MA in Prehistoric Archaeology programme offers an opportunity for in-depth study of these and other finds and the societies from which they came.
The programme is characterised by interdisciplinary cooperation, both within the humanities and with the natural sciences. Prehistoric archaeology shares theoretical common ground with social anthropology and sociology, and themes overlap with evolutionary biology, history, and medieval and classical archaeology. The investigation of archaeological finds increasingly exploits isotope and environmental analyses and methods from the geosciences. Thus students come into contact with a wide range of possible specialisations.
STRONG ANALYTICAL SKILLS
To cover the distance between the archaeological finds and past societies, the MA in Prehistoric Archaeology is both theoretical and practical. Courses are offered on the various main prehistoric periods with a thematic focus, for instance on war, mobility and religion. You choose your own subjects within the overall themes. Furthermore, students gain an insight into general anthropological and social theory. The emphasis on analytical methods develops your abilities to systematise, structure and interpret the often very extensive and complex data sets with which archaeologists work. Thus your IT skills will also be enhanced.
Most graduates from the MA programme choose to work as archaeologists, mainly in museums, where they assume responsibility for excavations or for the dissemination of knowledge about the past or cultural issues in general. Some are employed within cultural administration, where their general analytical and theoretical abilities lead to very varied jobs. There is also the option of making a research career. You can apply for a PhD scholarship, either during the first year of the MA programme or after completing your MA thesis.
“I decided to come to Denmark because here they strike a nice balance between theory and objects or artefacts. In the UK, it is more theory, and in Germany they have a tendency to focus on the objects. Working here has provided me with a great network, which has been a huge advantage for me.”
PhD in Prehistoric Archaeology
HEAD OF DEPARTMENT, MUSEUM MIDTJYLLAND
PLACE OF STUDY
ANNUAL TUITION FEE
EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: FREE
Others: EUR 8,000
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Last updated February 24, 2016