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The Archaeology of Jerusalem

Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.

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This course is currently not being offered in the academic year 2015 - 2016.

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An examination of the city of Jerusalem from its foundation up to the Byzantine period with particular emphasis on the biblical period, as revealed by archaeology. We will look at the city’s location, at the city of David and Solomon, through to the time of Jesus, and beyond. The use of minutely detailed archaeological drawings will help us to walk the streets of the city in its different periods, and to participate in current debates.

This course will provide an in-depth look at the city of Jerusalem as revealed by archaeology.  A holy city for many throughout the world, it was founded 3000 years ago.  We look at it from this date to the Byzantine period.  Among subjects to be discussed are:

Who is this course for?

Anyone with an interest in the subject. No previous knowledge is assumed.

Learning and Teaching

There will be a mixture of short lectures and discussion, the precise proportion to be determined by the needs of the students enrolled. Also we will discuss case-studies, including visual sources and source criticism. This will encourage the development of knowledge and understanding of the topics and ideas discussed in the course. Intellectual skills will be encouraged through participation in class discussion, reading and coursework.

Coursework and Assessment

Essays or other equivalent written assignments to a total of 1500 words demonstrating an understanding of core elements of the course material.

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

You will not have formal examinations but you may have class tests. You may be asked to write assignments, keep a course journal or put together a portfolio. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.

The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

Reading suggestions

N. Avigad,  Discovering Jerusalem, Jerusalem & Nashville 1983.
D.Bahat, The illustrated atlas of Jerusalem, Jerusalem 1990.
H.Geva (Ed,), Ancient Jerusalem revealed, Jerusalem 1994.
L. & K.Ritmeyer, Jerusalem in the year 300AD, Jerusalem 2004.
L. & K.Ritmeyer, Jerusalem in the time of Nehemiah, Jerusalem 2005.
L.Ritmeyer, The Quest – Revealing the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Jerusalem 2006.
L.& K. Ritmeyer, Secrets of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, Washington DC, 2006
H.Shanks, Jerusalem: an archaeological biography, New York 1995.
G.A.Smith, Jerusalem, the Topography, Economics and History from the earliest times to A.D.70, 2 vols. London 1907-8.

Library and Computing Facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.

Accessibility of Courses

Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.

Further Information

A range of further information can be found on our web site or in Choices.  This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.