Archaeology at the University of Glasgow
The University of Glasgow is one of the oldest universities in the world, established in 1451, and is ranked in the top 100 Universities in the world.
Archaeology has been taught at the University of Glasgow for over 50 years, with particular strengths in landscape practice, material culture studies and the archaeology of Scotland. We offer a wide range of undergraduate modules across the four year degree Honours programme, teaching students within the Arts and Science colleges, reflecting the theoretical and practical strengths of our teaching staff. Students receive practical and theoretical teaching related to aerial archaeology and remote sensing at all stages of this degree programme. At postgraduate level, we offer a series of Masters level programmes: Archaeological Studies, Battlefield and Conflict Archaeology, Celtic and Viking Archaeology, Integrated Landscape Studies, Material Culture and Artefact Studies and Mediterranean Archaeology. Optional courses available for our Masters students include aerial archaeology and geophysical survey themed modules. Staff within Archaeology have an excellent track record of successful doctoral programmes on aerial archaeology topics, both in terms of theory and method.
Glasgow and Aerial Archaeology
The Centre for Aerial Archaeology (2007-2012) was established with the aim of combining teaching, research and dissemination to develop a centre of excellence for aerial archaeology. The Centre built on Glasgow's historic research and teaching strength in remote sensing. Research to date undertaken by CAA has focused on the acquisition of new data (for instance, in Romania, through the Later Prehistoric & Roman Landscape of Western Transylvania Project) and the use of new imagery datasets such as google earth. The theory and practice of aerial archaeology is another key research theme of the Centre, exploring issues related to reconnaissance biases, and the interpretation and aesthetics of cropmarks. The situation of the Centre within an active field archaeology department has allowed different field projects to emerge as well. Aerial archaeology is not just about discovering sites from the air, but involves integrating those sites into the wider picture of the archaeology of the period or region concerned.Â This may involve various other forms of survey and excavation. The Centre has been involved in the largescale Strathearn Environs and Royal Forteviot project (SERF) where two major cropmark complexes have formed the basis of a series of largescale excavations in Perthshire. Cropmark characterisation and management are important element of this project. Elsewhere, recent collaborative work with RCAHMS and the Römisch-Germanische Kommission des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts has explored two ambiguous cropmark enclosures in SW Scotland using a new16-channel geophysical probe array pulled by a 4x4 vehicle.Â From Spring 2012 onwards the work of staff involved in the CAA will be folded into the more general research and teaching aims and objectives of Archaeology with the University of Glasgow.