ARPA301 Maritime Archaeology

Updated: 30 March 2017
Credit Points 6
Offering Not offered in 2018
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.

Pre-requisites 12cp in ARPA or any 48cp or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions ARPA501
Notes None
Combined Units ARPA501 - Maritime Archaeology
Coordinator(s) Martin Gibbs (
Unit Description

Maritime Archaeology explores human relationships with the sea and inland waters, from earliest times to the modern day. This unit traces the origins of the discipline and the methods and theories currently used in maritime archaeological investigation. It draws on case studies above and below the water including shipwrecks, maritime infrastructure and maritime societies. It also reviews the heritage management of maritime sites and the ethical issues surrounding illegal wreck salvage and treasure hunting.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. apply knowledge of research methods using a variety of archaeological and interdisciplinary sources of material;
  2. analyse the implications of the major interpretive frameworks and form an opinion about their respective benefits and drawbacks;
  3. apply basic archaeological principles for analysing and interpreting data;
  4. demonstrate a broad understanding of how archaeologists link data to interpretation;
  5. demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge of the background and major contending perspectives on maritime archaeology, and present, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas; and
  6. evaluate and debate the ethical issues surrounding maritime archaeology and the trade in antiquities from maritime archaeological sites.