Course Description

Course Name

British Museum and Roman London

Session: VRMS3122

Hours & Credits

1 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


This one credit weekend field trip to London will be focused on two major elements – the collections of the British Museum and the archaeology of Roman London and the River Thames. Students taking this course will gain an in‐depth knowledge of the British Museum – its artifacts, its ethics and its controversies. Students will have the extremely rare opportunity to go behind the scenes at the Museum – visiting the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities and going down into some of the secret storage areas of the Museum for a handling session and a visit to the atmospheric Sepulchral Basement, a repository of sculpture and architectural elements in a vaulted hall. We will also look at the Museum’s policy on the display of human remains, concentrating on two bodies (Gebelein Man and Lindow Man), and at how modern scientific methods allow us to learn so much more about how they lived and died. Our exploration of the British Museum will include the Roman Britain Gallery and the Celts Gallery. This aspect of our study will be followed up by a visit to two of the Museum of London’s galleries, London Before London and Roman London. In addition, this field trip will include two archaeological city walks: one focusing on Roman London (including the amphitheatre) and one on the archaeology of the River Thames, including its shipwrecks and the Thames Foreshore Project.

*Course content subject to change