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Archaeology at Newmarket Academy

Course description

Archaeology is all about studying mankinds past through the investigation of material remains. By studying where people lived, what they ate, what they wore and even how they died, you can put together a picture of societies throughout the ages. There are so many skills involved that you will find archaeology a fascinating area of study. There's art (like using decorative styles of pottery to identify where they made things), technology (like carbon dating), geography (understanding the lay of the land in times gone by), history (known events, like wars), religious studies (where people gathered together) and classical civilisation (understanding peopleand culturesin the past). Archaeology is therefore the ultimate subject for the all rounder.

During your A level course there are plenty of new topics to learn about in the classroom but its not all theory. You will also be able to enjoy activities like visiting museums and may even undertake fieldwork of your own. Who knows, there could be a fascinating discovery just waiting to be unearthed right where you live.

Archaeology helps students develop a number of skills:

  • How to assemble data and assess it
  • How to investigate facts and use deduction
  • How to put over your point of view fluently
  • How to work as a team to acheive results
  • How to take responsibility for your own learning

Course content


Unit 1: The archaeology of religion and ritual (ancient Egypt 3000BC to 50BC) (40%)

Unit 2: Archaeological skills and methods (60%)


The specification provides opportunities for critical thinking and independent study. Candidates consider further key themes in world archaeology, including a focus on contemporary archaeological issues and will undertake archaeological coursework investigation.

Unit 3: World archaeology (60%) 

Unit 4: Archaeological investigation (40%)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newmarket Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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