Introduction to Archaeology

Ref: C3679864

Introducing Archaeology for Communities will be linked to the ways that people like yourselves can get involved with learning about and research the past in your world. We will introduce the ways that time is divided up by archaeologists and look at the history of doing archaeology. Who did it and who does it today? In this first of two 5 session courses, we will then look at how we find archaeological sites in the first place. How we research what has already been done where you live. Finishing with the ways that archaeologists use finds to understand the sites they investigate. All done at a very introductory level, designed to attract you to get more involved in archaeology first-hand. There will be plenty of time to take ideas that you may already have and develop them by chatting with the group and your tutor who is a qualified Community Archaeologist.

Course aim

This is an Introduction to Archaeology with a difference. We will look at how archaeology works and tells stories about our pasts, but we will look in particular at how communities, people like you, can get involved.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • This course will be accessible for students who have no understanding of archaeology but would also be of interest to those who have done a little but would like to learn more about doing archaeology in their own communities.

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

  • Have a basic understanding of the timeline of history from the end of the last Ice Age until the Industrial period.
  • Be able to participate in a discussion about the way that archaeology and who does archaeology has changed over the years.
  • Be able to list 4 different find types in archaeology and how they help us understand the past.
  • Understand the resources that exist allowing you to build a picture of what research has been done in your area.
  • Show through discussion and awareness of the different ways that we can look for archaeological sites in the landscape around us today.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You won't need to bring anything other than an interest in the past and the desire to know more. You may be driven by the desire to set up or join a community archaeology project, or just want to join us and have some fun.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Introduction to Archaeology

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This course is funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and only applicable postcode areas are permitted to enrol.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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