Archaeology: The Stoneage Revolution in Britain -the Mesolithic to the Neolithic

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Archaeologists are learning more and more about the first people to walk back to our landscape after the ice age and the people who followed them bringing new ideas of farming and building monuments such as Stonehenge. This course is an opportunity to find out what is being added by excavations and through new sciences such as genetics. Our courses are about learning together by talking about the past, having our own ideas and building the confidence to chat and learn. We are a relaxed and welcoming group, why not join us?

Course aim

Our understanding of the peoples that walked into our landscape after the last Ice Age is changing all the time. Find out about the hunter-gatherers of the Mesolithic and the arrival of the first farmers in the Neolithic period.

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:

  • I will be able to show that I understand how Mesolithic people lived a hunter-gathering life.
  • I will be able to discuss the implications of the latest evidence from Stat Carr, suggesting a more settled life that previously thought.
  • I will understand the latest research suggesting that the first farmers of the Neolithic period were migrants who brought great change.
  • I will demonstrate that I understand the latest thinking about Neolithic people building large monumental structures or henges.
  • I will be able to discuss the possibility that the same Neolithic peoples were replaced by another group of migrants. This new way of thinking comes from genetic research and changes the way that archaeologists think about migrations (again).

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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Archaeology: The Stoneage Revolution in Britain -the Mesolithic to the Neolithic


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