FIELD STUDIES IN ARCHAEOLOGY: MEDIEVAL WORLDS
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Assistant Director, IPD Study Abroad
Location: Kent countryside, England
Term: 4-week Summer Program (2013 Program Dates: August 1-25)
Application Deadline: March 1, 2013
Language Requirement: None - courses are taught in English
Academic Interests: Anthropology, Archaeology, Medieval Studies, History, Art History
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Northwestern IPD Field Studies in Archaeology: Medieval Worlds program is a four-week summer field archaeology experience, which introduces students to the culture, economy, and society of medieval Europe through an exploration of material evidence – landscapes, buildings, and objects – in the English countryside. In Summer 2013, students will join existing international research collaboration with the University of Southampton, in partnership with the National Trust, to uncover the significance of Ightham Mote and Knole, two sites dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries. Through structured fieldwork and visits, presentations, and discussions of medieval castles, palaces, and other monuments, students will receive practical training in archaeological field methods and experience the culture of medieval Europe. The program offers the equivalence of 2 quarter units. Matthew Johnson, Professor of Anthropology, will lead the program and teach both courses.
The field class will be based at Knole and Ightham Mote, in the middle of the Kent countryside, about 45 miles east of central London. Knole is one of the great treasure houses of England and home to furniture, portraits, textiles and silver from the royal palaces. Ightham Mote is a 14th century moated manor house, which has been owned by medieval knights, courtiers to Henry VIII and high society Victorians. Both sites are part of a large conservation project by the National Trust, and both sit within a large expanse of the surrounding parkland.
HOUSING & MEALS
Students will stay at the Outridge Base Camp, a hostel-style accommodation with two bedrooms (assigned by gender) and communal kitchen, dining, and living areas, provided by the National Trust. A cook, assisted by students on a rotating basis, will prepare meals and bag lunches on workdays. Students will need to purchase and prepare their own meals on the weekends.
Both courses are taught by Matthew Johnson.
ANTHRO 321-SA: Archaeological Field Methods (1 credit)
In this course, students will receive practical training in archaeological field methods and techniques, including landscape survey methodologies and mapping through computer aided technologies. Each student is responsible for maintaining a field notebook that will be due in weeks two and four. It is unlikely there will be opportunities for excavation.
ANTHRO 390-SA: Material Worlds of the Middle Ages (1 credit)
In this course, students learn about the culture of medieval Europe, circa AD1000-1500, through material evidence—landscapes, buildings and objects. The course material will be interdisciplinary: students will look at the evidence of archaeological excavations, survey of standing buildings, analysis of maps and aerial photos, and landscape, social, economic and architectural history.
The field session will run for three weeks. Students will work a Sunday-Thursday working week, with Fridays and Saturdays free. On two of the Fridays, students will have the option to participate in a field excursion to select castles and other medieval/historic sites in the region. Excursions will also be arranged in London and Wessex before and after the program.
Excursions will be arranged in London before and after the field program. Possible excursions in London include visits to the British Museum’s Sutton Hoo, Early Medieval and Medieval galleries, the Museum of London’s medieval galleries, and the Tower of London, among other possibilities. A London church tour may also include visits to St. Bartholomew’s, Temple Church, and Westminster Abbey.
Winchester, Hampshire, England
Located approximately 60 miles southwest of London in the heart of Hampshire County, the historic city of Winchester is the former capital of England. A possible excursion to Winchester may include visits to Winchester Cathedral, one of Europe’s largest Gothic cathedrals, Winchester College, and Winchester Castle, famed for its reproduction of King Arthur’s legendary Round Table.
Various sites in Wessex and Kent Counties
Students may have opportunities to visit sites in Wessex and Kent counties, including Old Sarum, Portchester Castle, Chichester Cathedral, Weald and Downland open-air museum at Singleton, Dover, Tonbridge, Westenhanger, Hastings (and Battle Abbey, site of the Battle of Hastings), Herstmonceux, Scotney and Bodiam castles, Old Soar Manor, Canterbury, Rye, and Winchelsea.
Summer 2013 Program Fee = $4,800, which includes tuition, program-related excursions, housing, meals, local transportation, equipment, and HTH Worldwide Health Insurance. Students should also budget about $1,400 for international airfare, but a travel grant of $1,000 per student is available for 2013 through the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences to defray these travel costs. Students should also budget approximately $600 for books and discretionary expenses, including additional meals, non-program transportation, and incidentals.
Students applying to this program are eligible for IPD Study Abroad Fellowships and may be eligible for external funding opportunities. Students participating in this program are subject to Withdrawal Policies for Northwestern-Sponsored Programs.
For more information about billing, finances, and financial aid for study abroad, please refer to the Money Matters resource page of the Study Abroad Office website or contact Krista Buda in the Financial Aid Office.