Honour School of Archaeology and Anthropology

A

  • 1. The examination in the Honour School of Archaeology and Anthropology shall consist of such subjects in Archaeology and Anthropology as the Social Sciences Board shall prescribe by regulation from time to time.

  • 2. No candidate shall be admitted to the examination in this school unless he or she has either passed or been exempted from the First Public Examination.

  • 3. The examination shall be under the supervision of the Social Sciences Board. Under the overall direction of the board, the examination shall be administered by the School of Archaeology and the School of Anthropology, which shall jointly appoint a standing committee to advise the board as necessary in respect of this examination, and of Honour Moderations and the Preliminary Examination in Archaeology and Anthropology.

  • 4. Candidates will be required to take part in approved fieldwork as an integral part of their course. The fieldwork requirement will normally have been discharged before the Long Vacation of the second year of the course.

B

Candidates are required to offer the following subjects, each to be examined by a three-hour written paper in the Trinity Term of their third year:

1. Social analysis and interpretation.

2. Cultural representations, beliefs, and practices.

3. Landscape and Ecology.

4. [For students starting from MT 2018: Urbanism and Society.] [For students starting before MT 2018: Urbanisation and change in complex societies: comparative approaches.]

5., 6., and 7. [For students starting before MT 2017: An approved combination of three optional subjects, from Schedule A (Anthropology) and/or Schedule B (Archaeology) [see below] or any other optional subject approved by the Standing Committee. To encourage a wide-ranging understanding of archaeology and anthropology, options shall be chosen in such a way that they constitute three independent, non-overlapping subjects. For example, because of potential overlap in subject matter, approval may not be given to candidates who wish to select from Schedule B (Archaeology) either two of papers (f), (g), or (j), or both papers (k) and (l).] [For students starting from MT 2017: An approved combination of three optional subjects, from the list of options below or any other option subject approved by the Standing Committee. To encourage a wide-ranging understanding of archaeology and anthropology, options shall be chosen in such a way that they constitute three independent, non-overlapping subjects. For example, because of potential overlap in subject matter, approval may not be given to candidates who wish to select from either two of papers The Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age, Aegean, The Greeks and the Mediterranean World c.950-500 BC, or Art under the Roman Empire, AD 14-336, or both papers The Emergence of Medieval Europe AD 400-900 and Byzantium: the transition from Antiquity to the Middle Ages, AD 500-1100.]

[For students starting before MT 2017: Schedule A (Anthropology)

  • (a) Culture and Society of West Africa

  • (b) South Asia

  • (c) Lowland South America

  • (d) Gender theories and realities cross cultural perspectives

  • (e) Understanding Museums and Collections

  • (f) Japanese society

  • (g) Medical Anthropology: Sensory Experience, the Sentient Body and Therapeutics

  • (h) Anthropology of Europe

Schedule B (Archaeology)

  • (a) The Later Prehistory of Europe

  • (b) Archaeology of Southern African Hunter-Gatherers

  • (c) Farming and early states in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • (d) Mesopotamia and Egypt from the emergence of complex society to c.2000 bc

  • (e) Mesopotamia and Egypt 1000-500 bc

  • (f) The Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age Aegean

  • (g) The Greeks and the Mediterranean World c.950-500 bc

  • (h) Greek archaeology and art c.500-323 bc

  • (i) Roman Archaeology: Cities and settlement under the Empire

  • (j) Art under the Roman Empire, ad 14-336

  • (k) The emergence of Medieval Europe ad 400-900

  • (l) Byzantium: the transition from Antiquity to the Middle Ages, ad 500-1100

  • (m) Science-based methods in Archaeology

  • (n) Archaeology of Modern Human Origins

  • (o) Anglo-Saxon Society and Economy in the Early Christian Period

  • (p) Archaeology and Geographical Information Systems

  • (q) Landscape Archaeology

  • (r) Biological Techniques in Environmental Archaeology

  • (s) From hunting and gathering to states and empires in South-west Asia

  • (t) Physical Anthropology and Human Osteoarchaeology

  • (u) The Archaeology of Minoan Crete 3200 - 10000 BC

  • (v) Hellenistic Archaeology, 330-30 BC

  • (w) From the First Ceramics to the Terracotta Soldiers: The Archaeology of Early China]

  • [For students starting from MT 2017:  Anglo-Saxon Society and Economy in the Early Christian Period

  • Archaeology of Minoan Crete 3200-1000BC

  • Archaeology of Modern Human Origins

  • Archaeology of Southern African Hunter-Gatherers

  • Art under the Roman Empire, AD 14-336

  • Byzantium: the transition from Antiquity to the Middle Ages, AD 500-1100

  • Chinese Archaeology

  • The emergence of Medieval Europe AD 400-900

  • Evolution in Health and Medicine

  • Farming and early states in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • From hunting and gathering to states and empires in South-west Asia

  • Gender theories and realities cross cultural perspectives

  • Greek archaeology and art c.500-323 BC

  • Greeks and the Mediterranean World c.950-500 BC

  • Hellenistic Archaeology, 330-30 BC

  • Japanese society

  • The Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age Aegean

  • The Later Prehistory of Europe

  • Lowland South America

  • Medical Anthropology: Sensory Experience, the Sentient Body and Therapeutics

  • Mediterranean Maritime Archaeology

  • Mesopotamia and Egypt from the emergence of complex society to c.2000 BC

  • Physical Anthropology and Human Osteoarchaeology

  • Roman Archaeology: Cities and settlement under the Empire

  • Science-based methods in Archaeology

  • South Asia

  • Themes in African Anthropology

  • Understanding Museums and Collections]

Some options may not be available in every year. Candidates will be circulated a list of options offered for examination in the following two years of study by Friday of the eighth week of the Michaelmas Full Term.

Having been approved by Standing Committee, notice of the options to be offered by candidates must be submitted to the Examination Schools not later than the Friday in the fourth week of the Michaelmas Full Term immediately preceding the examination.

8. A dissertation of not more than 15,000 words, which may be based on research in either archaeology or anthropology or on an interdisciplinary topic (see specific details below)

Dissertation

  • (a) The subject of every dissertation shall, to the satisfaction of the Standing Committee, fall within the field of Archaeology or Anthropology or both.

  • (b) The subject of the dissertation may, but need not, overlap with a subject or period on which the candidate offers papers. Candidates are warned, however, that they must avoid repetition in the papers of material used in their dissertation, and that they will not be given credit for material extensively repeated.

  • (c) Candidates must submit through their college, to the Chair of the Standing Committee the title of the proposed dissertation, together with (a) a synopsis of the subject in about 100 words; and (b) a letter of support from the person whom they wish to supervise their dissertation (and who will be subject to the Standing Committee’s approval), not later than Monday of Week 0 of the Trinity Full Term preceding that in which the examination is held.

    (d) The Standing Committee will decide as soon as possible, and in every case by the end of the fifth week of the Michaelmas Full Term preceding the examination, whether or not to approve the title, and will advise candidates of its decision forthwith.

  • (e) Every dissertation must be the candidate's own work, although it is expected that tutors will discuss with candidates the proposed field of study, the sources available, and the method of presentation. Tutors may also read and comment on a first draft.

    Candidates must sign a certificate stating that the dissertation is their own work, and their tutors shall countersign the certificate affirming that they have assisted the candidate no more than these regulations allow. This certificate must be presented at the same time that the dissertation is submitted, but in a separate sealed envelope addressed to the Chair of the Examiners.

  • (f) Dissertations previously submitted for the Honour School of Archaeology and Anthropology may be resubmitted. No dissertation will be accepted if it has already been submitted, wholly or substantially, for another final honour school or degree of this University or a degree of any other institution. The certificate must also contain confirmation that the dissertation has not already been so submitted.

  • (g) No dissertation shall be ineligible because it has been submitted, in whole or in part, for any scholarship or prize of this University advertised in the Oxford University Gazette.

  • (h) No dissertation shall exceed 15,000 words in length, that limit to include all notes but not bibliographies, catalogues of material evidence, gazetteers, or technical appendices.

    (i) All dissertations must be typed in double-spacing on one side of A4 paper, and must be bound or held firmly in a stiff cover. Two copies must be submitted to the chair of the examiners, and a third copy must be retained by the candidate. All copies must bear the candidate's examination number but not his or her name.

  • (j) The dissertation must be sent, not later than noon on Friday of the ninth week of Hilary Full Term preceding the examination, to the Chair of the Examiners, Honour School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford.

Candidates may be examined viva voce.