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Programme: MLitt in Conflict Archeology and Heritage (Centre for Battlefield Archaeology)
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Conflict and Heritage Archaeology is a unique programme that reflects the central role which the internationally renowned Centre for Battlefield Archaeology has played in the development of archaeological approaches to battlefields and other aspects of conflict heritage. Over recent years battlefields have come to be accepted as important elements of the world’s cultural heritage and this programme will provide an ideal grounding for those interested in the archaeological potential of these fields of conflict. From battlefield archaeology, to the anthropology of warfare, to archaeologies of confinement, the programme will explore in depth the many and varied ways that human conflict can be interrogated via an archaeologically focused interdisciplinary approach, encompassing time periods from the prehistoric to the modern. With regard to the medical humanities, the course includes discussion of issues of medicine and combat stress.
The programme’s focus on conflict landscapes makes fieldtrips an integral part of the MLitt: amongst the significant battlefields you will visit will be the iconic sites of Bannockburn and Culloden. Conflict sites, both ancient and modern, have come to be accepted as important elements of the world’s cultural heritage, and this programme provides an ideal grounding if you are interested in the management of these fields of conflict; the Centre has played a lead role in the development of government policy on the conservation and management of historic battlefields in Scotland. You will benefit from a unique portfolio of ongoing research and archive material, including artefacts, historic documents, and other resources; you will also have access to a wide range of specialist archives, museums, professional archaeological units, and scientific institutions.