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Angles, Saxons & Vikings View details

A look at life “up North” between the Romans and the Normans, a period when the north had a very distinctive history and culture. We will discuss the wider history and impact of the various invaders and look at their influence on the culture and politics of the region north of the Humber. Were the 'Dark Ages' as gloomy as the name suggests? We will consider the legacy of the period and its possible impact on how the North is seen today.

Anglo Saxon Culture View details

This course explores the language and culture of the Anglo-Saxons. It will cover a brief introduction to Anglo-Saxon history, culture and society, and the origins of the English language. It will provide participants with the opportunity to try out speaking, reading and translating Old English, and offer an account of the grammar and vocabulary of the language. No prior knowledge of Old English is needed.

Archaeology across the Empire: Rome in Eastern Egypt View details

Why were the Romans interested in the east of Egypt? This short course will consider the role of the Romans in the region, and their activities, exploitation and networks. We will primarily look at the archaeological evidence but also consider other sources to see what was gained and the impact on the rest of the Empire

Archaeology of Lincolnshire 3 View details

The course will examine in detail the remains left by the distinct monastic orders which were active in the county, specifically the Cistercians, (the indigenous) Gilbertines and the Urban friars. We will also look at the parochial churches. The course will also cover medieval buildings exploring the counties vernacular building heritage.

Archaeology of the Late Bronze Age Mediterranean View details

The Late Bronze Age saw the mysterious collapse of dominant civilizations in the Eastern Mediterranean. There were great changes in Minoan Crete, Egypt, the Hittite Empire, Mycenaean Greece and Syria. We will examine the proposed causes of this collapse as well as explore the changes that were the result. Everyone welcome; no previous knowledge assumed

Archaeology of the Late Bronze Age Mediterranean View details

The Late Bronze Age saw the mysterious collapse of dominant civilizations in the Eastern Mediterranean. There were great changes in Minoan Crete, Egypt, the Hittite Empire, Mycenaean Greece and Syria. We will examine the proposed causes of this collapse as well as explore the changes that were the result. Everyone welcome; no previous knowledge assumed

Archaeology: How does an excavation work? View details

Most of us have seen an archaeological excavation on TV, but how do archaeologists go from digging a foundation ditch and fragments of pottery to a picture of a whole building and pots. This course will take us through the process of digging and how we record what we have found. We will look at the various scientific methods used to help us and the principals of stratigraphy that ensure that what we dig makes logical sense. It will also introduce the ways that we make everything we have recorded tell a story that people will be interested in. 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?

Archaeology: Rediscovering the Romans in Cheshire and Lancashire View details

This course will review the archaeology of the Roman military at sites such as Chester, Manchester, and Ribchester, all the subject of recent archaeological excavation work, as well as recently identified Roman forts at Middlewich and Wigan. Recent research on the rural landscape, including farms and agricultural use and the alignment of Roman roads, will also be discussed. Finally the course will look at the rise and fall of Roman towns from Lancaster to Warrington and Chester and what coin hoards can still us about the occupation of the region.

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

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?

Archaeology: What lies beneath us? Archaeology of Tunnels View details

This short course is all about what lies beneath Pontefract, not the usual archaeology but the tunnels. Cities like Nottingham have well-known complexes of tunnels that have been researched by archaeologists. But Pontefract stands proud on a ridge above the surrounding landscape. How much were tunnels used in the town? Hiding priests or smuggling contraband between pubs. Or how much do we know of the tunnels and countermeasures used in the Civil War? This is as much a chance to tell your stories as it is to listen to our tutor. What tales of tunnels do you know?