Institute of Archaeology


Early Medieval Archaeology of Britain


An introduction to the archaeological evidence for Anglo-Saxon England, the Celtic West and Scotland between the 5th and 11th centuries AD. This course examines the archaeological evidence for Anglo-Saxon settlement and follows the development of post-Roman archaeology in upland Britain to the west and north.

The process of Anglo-Saxon conversion to Christianity, church and monastic archaeology, the development of trading and manufacturing settlements and later of defended towns, the establishment of a fixed frontier with the Welsh kingdoms, the impact of the Vikings on Britain, the development of nucleated villages, manors and parishes are all major themes. Particular attention will be given to art styles in a variety of media.

Course information

  • Code: ARCL0024 (formerly ARCL2018)
  • Course unit value: 1.0
  • Coordinator: Andrew Reynolds
  • Handbook:

For registered students


  • Running in 2018-19