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Archaeology and Anthropology Summer Course in Oxford Ages 16-18

Oxford Summer School 2020

Part of the BROADENING HORIZONS Programme


Study Archaeology and Anthropology with our Oxford Summer School 2020. This archaeology summer course introduces students to a broad array of intellectually stimulating and thought-provoking debates within Archaeology and the associated discipline of Anthropology, exploring some of the key theoretical principles underpinning the fields' practices to reconsider humanity in an entirely new light.

2 or 4 weeks | Available July - August 2020

  • Residential in historic buildings in Oxford
  • An inspiring Archaeology and Anthropology summer course taught by experts.
  • Combine this course with other options - tailor your programme
  • A truly international environment - over 150 nationalities in 2019

Course Summary

Over two weeks, students on this Archaeology and Anthropology pre-university summer course will explore some of the key theoretical principles underpinning archaeological and anthropological practice, illustrated by real case studies from prehistory to the present day. The course covers a mix of theory and practice, outlining the key schools of thought that underpin Archaeology and Anthropology while also looking at research methods, ethical issues, and modern techniques. Ultimately, the course aims to encourage students to consider humanity in an entirely new light.

The Treasures of The Past

A particular advantage of our historical locations is that students also have the opportunity to adopt a hands-on approach on this archaeology summer course: handling archaeological artefacts, visiting some of the UK's most outstanding museum collections and even participating in a mock excavation. Students are also encouraged to take a personalised approach to the subject in reassessing their own day-to-day behavioural manifestations and social relations.

What will you get out of the Archaeology & Anthropology Summer Course?

Over the two-week period, students will develop a sound understanding of the principal aims and methods of Archaeology and Anthropology, and begin to think critically about how professionals derive information from ancient artefacts and ethnographic evidence. We encourage our students to be independent thinkers, challenging preconceptions and adopting well-informed attitudes towards relevant issues: the study of Archaeology and Anthropology touches on cultural diversity, the ownership of heritage, and differing ethical standpoints, as well as political ideologies, international diplomatic strategy and group identity.

This archaeology summer course emphasises the relevance of archaeology and anthropology to modern everyday life, shedding light on the biological, social, cultural and cognitive aspects of human nature. Students are assessed on the basis of their written work and a presentation.

The Broadening Horizons Programme

This subject is part of the Broadening Horizons course at Oxford Royale Summer Schools’s Oxford summer school.

The Broadening Horizons course, for students aged 16 to 18, is suitable both for those who are trying to decide what to pursue in further education, and for those who simply want to learn about a variety of interesting subjects - 30+ study options are available!

Students choose two morning classes and one afternoon workshop to provide a diverse and stimulating curriculum that is tailored to their needs, allowing them to pursue areas of interest or try out something new. Students studying Broadening Horizons in Oxford get the chance to live and learn in a college of the University of Oxford or in our 17th-century manor house, Yarnton Manor.

Learn more about and apply for the Broadening Horizons Programme in Oxford

Expectations and Pre-requisites

No previous knowledge of the subjects will be required.

Suggested Reading

The following optional texts can be read if desired in preparation for the course, though they are entirely optional:

    Greene, K. (2002) Archaeology: An introduction – this is a classic introduction to the basic principles and techniques of archaeology.
  • Monaghan, J. and Just, P. (2000) Social and cultural anthropology: A very short introduction – this book does exactly what it says on the tin. It is unpretentious, very readable and combines an accessible account of some of the discipline’s guiding principles and methodology with abundant examples and illustrations of anthropologists at work.
  • Sabloff, J. (2008) Archaeology matters: Action archaeology in the modern world – this is a fascinating exploration of the effects of archaeology in the modern world, ranging from its role as a legal tool upholding the rights of communities to its contribution to increasing crop yields and guiding local communities in tourism development.

Choose your options and apply for Broadening Horizons

The Broadening Horizons programme - our flagship Oxford summer course - allows you to combine different subject options to enable a flexible, tailored programme that best suits your academic needs

To view other options, select your choice of options and apply, please visit the main Broadening Horizons Programme page

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