The unit will discuss a series of new discoveries regarding religion in antiquity, such as manuscripts, artefacts or ritual sites. These often derive from archaeological work or the antiquities market and involve various types of controversy such as matters of authenticity, dating, ownership. The unit will consider the impact of the find; the nature of academic debate; issues of ethics and funding; research and career development. In the latter part of the unit students will trial a proposal for a project of their own in preparation for future research training.
1x2500wd Essay A (content): description and analysis of a specific 'New Discovery' (40%), 1x1000wd Research Proposal (20%), 1x2500wd Essay B (method/theory): Discussion of approaches and implications (40%)
12 credit points at 2000 level in Studies in Religion