An Introduction to Archaeology

Ref: C3741231

Archaeology is all around us if you know what it looks like. Over 10 two hour sessions, the principles and practice of archaeology will be explored with ample opportunity to handle artefacts, as well as practical sessions on artefact recognition.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to the principles and practice of archaeology and provide the skill set for participants to undertake research in their local area.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand how Archaeology has developed as a discipline.
  • Learn the basic techniques of Archaeology and its terminology.
  • Be able to identify flint and pottery artefacts.
  • Gain an overview of British archaeology over the last million years.
  • Understand the skills to enable independent research

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • After the first session, each subsequent session will begin with a refresh of the main principles discussed previously with ample opportunity to discuss areas requiring clarification.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • No prior reading or experience in archaeology is required. Although copies of the presentation will be distributed, student may wish to write notes in which case a notebook and pen would be required.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • If a student has a particular interest in British Archaeology, the tutor will try and cover this in the course content.

What can I do next?

  • Students will be actively encouraged to take part in Archaeology either by joining a local Archaeological Society or becoming an independent researcher, (or both!).

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An Introduction to Archaeology


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