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AHIS8320 – Under the Shadow of Vesuvius: Archaeology in Ancient Campania

2021 – Session 2, Fully online/virtual

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Peter Keegan
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MAncHist or GradCertAncHist or MA in (Ancient History or Coptic Studies)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae constitute one of the best known and perhaps the most important archaeological areas of the Roman world - the Vesuvian cities of ancient Campania. Evidence from these cities contributes information of inestimable value to our understanding of urban Roman life. This unit is designed for those wishing to investigate the wide range of evidence from Roman Campania, how it has been interpreted and how, in turn, this has influenced our understanding of urban development in the Roman world.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Read/view select textual and material sources from the mandatory primaryarchaeological sites and commentary in pertinent secondary sources and present theinformation in a written format
  • ULO2: Utilise and reflect on prior knowledge and experience, to apply higher level criticalthinking skills, and to integrate and synthesise learning and knowledge of ancient sociohistoricalpractices from a range of archaeological sources and contexts.
  • ULO3: Enquire systematically and use research skills to create new knowledge that cancontribute to the field of historical archaeology
  • ULO4: Communicate effectively and convey views about the life and times of ancient Campaniato different social, cultural, and professional audie
  • ULO5: Demonstrate a high standard of discernment and common sense in professional andpersonal judgement.

General Assessment Information

Late Submission of Assessment

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved,

  • a penalty for lateness will apply – 10/100 marks of credit (10% of the total assessment weighting) will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and
  • no assignment will be accepted seven days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline.

No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessment - e.g. quizzes, online tests. A zero result for the assignment will be recorded after the late submission period has ended if no task has been received.

Seminar Participation

Due: Weeks 2-6, 8-12 Weighting: 30%

Online seminar participation in Weeks 2-6 and 8-12 will explore a range of topics keyed to the life and times of the archaeological sites under consideration. Each week students will 

  • consider brief readings and set of stimulus questions relating to a particular topic 
  • provide a brief, integrated post relating to the stimulus questions in the online forum (original post – submitted no later than Wednesday of the relevant week) (150 words) 
  • contribute a brief, integrated response to the discussion generated by individual responses (selective response – submitted no later than Sunday of the relevant week) (150 words) 
  • explore issues and share ideas relating to the weekly seminar topic.

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • Read/view select textual and material sources from the mandatory primary archaeological sites and commentary in pertinent secondary sources and present the information in a written format
  • Utilise and reflect on prior knowledge and experience, to apply higher level critical thinking skills, and to integrate and synthesise learning and knowledge of ancient socio-historical practices from a range of archaeological sources and contexts.
  • Communicate effectively and convey views about the life and times of ancient Campania to different social, cultural, and professional audiences

Archaeological Exercise I

Due: no later than 11.59pm, Friday 10 September 2021 (Week 7) Weighting: 35%

This two-part task is based on knowledge and understanding of archaeology in ancient Campania acquired in Weeks 1-6 (topography, rediscovery, sources; public landscapes; private spaces) and comprises the composition of 

  • an archaeological profile of a particular type of material culture; and 
  • a formal paper on an aspect of archaeology in ancient Campania.

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • Utilise and reflect on prior knowledge and experience, to apply higher level critical thinking skills, and to integrate and synthesise learning and knowledge of ancient sociohistorical practices from a range of archaeological sources and contexts.
  • Enquire systematically and use research skills to create new knowledge that can contribute to the field of historical archaeology
  • Demonstrate a high standard of discernment and common sense in professional and personal judgement

Archaeological Exercise II

Due: no later than 11.59pm, Friday 5 November 2021 (Week 13) Weighting: 35%

This two-part task is based on knowledge and understanding of archaeology in ancient Campania acquired in Weeks 8-12 (official and non-official inscriptions; politics and public life; production, consumption and exchange of goods and services; commemoration of the living and the dead) and comprises the composition of (1) an archaeological profile of a particular type of spatial context; and (2) a formal paper on an aspect of archaeology in ancient Campania.

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • Utilise and reflect on prior knowledge and experience, to apply higher level critical thinking skills, and to integrate and synthesise learning and knowledge of ancient sociohistorical practices from a range of archaeological sources and contexts.
  • Enquire systematically and use research skills to create new knowledge that can contribute to the field of historical archaeology
  • Demonstrate a high standard of discernment and common sense in professional and personal judgement

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Archaeological Exercise 1 35% No 10/09/21
Archaelogical Exercise 2 35% No 5/11/21
Seminar Participation and Response to Stimulus Questions 30% No Every Wednesday and Sunday, Weeks 2-6, 8-12

Archaeological Exercise 1

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 50 hours
Due: 10/09/21
Weighting: 35%

 

This two-part task is based on knowledge and understanding of archaeology in ancient Campania acquired in Weeks 1-6 (topography, rediscovery, sources; public landscapes; private spaces) and comprises the composition of (1) an archaeological profile of a particular type of material culture; and (2) a formal paper on an aspect of archaeology in ancient Campania.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Utilise and reflect on prior knowledge and experience, to apply higher level criticalthinking skills, and to integrate and synthesise learning and knowledge of ancient sociohistoricalpractices from a range of archaeological sources and contexts.
  • Enquire systematically and use research skills to create new knowledge that cancontribute to the field of historical archaeology
  • Demonstrate a high standard of discernment and common sense in professional andpersonal judgement.

Archaelogical Exercise 2

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 60 hours
Due: 5/11/21
Weighting: 35%

 

This two-part task is based on knowledge and understanding of archaeology in ancient Campania acquired in Weeks 8-12 (official and non-official inscriptions; politics and public life; production, consumption and exchange of goods and services; commemoration of the living and the dead) and comprises the composition of (1) an archaeological profile of a particular type of spatial context; and (2) a formal paper on an aspect of archaeology in ancient Campania.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Utilise and reflect on prior knowledge and experience, to apply higher level criticalthinking skills, and to integrate and synthesise learning and knowledge of ancient sociohistoricalpractices from a range of archaeological sources and contexts.
  • Communicate effectively and convey views about the life and times of ancient Campaniato different social, cultural, and professional audie
  • Demonstrate a high standard of discernment and common sense in professional andpersonal judgement.

Seminar Participation and Response to Stimulus Questions

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 50 hours
Due: Every Wednesday and Sunday, Weeks 2-6, 8-12
Weighting: 30%

 

Online seminar participation in Weeks 2-6 and 8-12 will explore a range of topics keyed to the life and times of the archaeological sites under consideration. Each week students will • consider brief readings and set of stimulus questions relating to a particular topic • provide a brief, integrated post relating to the stimulus questions in the online forum (original post – submitted no later than Wednesday of the relevant week) (150 words) • contribute a brief, integrated response to the discussion generated by individual responses (selective response – submitted no later than Sunday of the relevant week) (150 words) • explore issues and share ideas relating to the weekly seminar topic.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Read/view select textual and material sources from the mandatory primaryarchaeological sites and commentary in pertinent secondary sources and present theinformation in a written format
  • Utilise and reflect on prior knowledge and experience, to apply higher level criticalthinking skills, and to integrate and synthesise learning and knowledge of ancient sociohistoricalpractices from a range of archaeological sources and contexts.
  • Enquire systematically and use research skills to create new knowledge that cancontribute to the field of historical archaeology
  • Communicate effectively and convey views about the life and times of ancient Campaniato different social, cultural, and professional audie
  • Demonstrate a high standard of discernment and common sense in professional andpersonal judgement.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

There are no set texts for AHIS8320. Useful on-line resources are provided and include:

1) Pompeii in Pictures

2) Pompeii Bibliography and Mapping Project

3) Herculaneum Conservation Project

4) AD 79 Destruction and Recovery of Stabiae

Unit Schedule

WEEK 1: ORIGINS I - Topographies and Sources

WEEK 2: ORIGINS II - Rediscoveries and Sources

WEEK 3: PUBLIC LANDSCAPES I - Definition, Movement and Civic Identity

WEEK 4: PUBLIC LANDSCAPES II - Religion, Entertainment and the Supply and Use of Water

WEEK 5: PRIVATE SPACES I - Housing and Society in Ancient Campania

WEEK 6: PRIVATE SPACES II - Instrumentum Domesticum and the Decoration of Roman Houses

WEEK 7: SUBMISSION I

WEEK 8: WRITTEN SPACES I - Official Inscriptions

WEEK 9: WRITTEN SPACES II - Non-official Inscriptions

WEEK 10: COMMUNITIES I - Politics and Public Life

WEEK 11: COMMUNITIES II - Production, Consumption and Exchange of Goods and Services

WEEK 12: COMMUNITIES III - Cemeteries and the Commemoration of the Living and the Dead

WEEK 13: SUBMISSION II

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