The BA in Archaeology and Philosophy gives you the opportunity to combine the study of philosophy with the study of the past from the earliest human origins through to the late middle ages. Archaeology addresses big questions about the human past for much of which no written record is available. This course concentrates on the British Isles, Europe and the eastern Mediterranean, including Egypt. As a student at Cardiff, you will learn with staff who undertake cutting-edge research on all periods from early human origins to the recent past. You will also benefit from our state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories, dedicated geophysical and surveying equipment and a range of sophisticated equipment for the analysis of artefacts. Philosophy at Cardiff is distinct for its strong emphasis on ethics, politics, and aesthetics and its equal attention to ‘analytic’ and ‘Continental’ styles of Western philosophy. Many students find joint honours both stimulating and rewarding as they observe both similarities and differences between the two subjects. Often there are complementary issues and perspectives as well as skills and that link the subjects, be they critical analysis, historical contexts or recent research. Each school involved in delivering the degree offers a challenging course of modules, supported by a friendly atmosphere and excellent staff-student relationships. Distinctive features The distinctive features of the course include: •a strong emphasis on ethics, politics, and aesthetics •equal attention to ‘analytic’ and ‘Continental’ styles of Western philosophy •close contacts with local historical sites such as St Fagans National History Museum, Caerleon and Caerwent – allowing additional links with archaeology as an academic discipline •an excavation or archaeological placement at the end of year two and year three, organised and funded by the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff.