Archaeology: Roman Archaeology: The Thames Valley Story

Ref: C3740146

There are many misunderstandings regarding ‘Roman’ Britain. This course hopes to set the record straight and to use local examples to illustrate the points including the famous Yewden Villa in Hambleden.

Additional information about this course

Half term: 02/505/2016 and 30/05/2016. 5 x 2 hours + one 4-hour visit, date 6 June.

Course aim

To provide an overview of Roman life (and death) in Britain with a focus on Buckinghamshire and in particular the intriguing Hambleden Valley.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

Every aspect of life and death during the Roman occupation in Britain will be looked at – from the end of the Iron Age situation that led to the invasion to the end of the occupation. We will look at the theory and sum of current knowledge and then look at the evidence, some of it using real artefacts. Hambleden will be used as a case study as it is insome ways very typical of life in Roman Britain, but then in other ways rather different!

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

1. Describe lifestyles at the end of the Iron Age and how they change during Roman occupation. 2. Explain what we mean by ‘villa’. 3. Interpret evidence in the form of artefacts. 4. Be more critical of the literature available on this topic. 5. Assemble a range of information to develop a story of Britain during the Roman period.

How will I know I'm making progress?

By completing worksheets with class members, and discussion.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

First and second sessions - an OS map of parts of Bucks will be useful (e.g. the Chilterns sheets if owned). A magnifier or hand lens when using artefacts in later classes. Half term: 02/05/2016 and 30/05/2016. The last session of the course will be a 4-hour visit.

Reading and information sources

Any background book or web sources on life in Roman Britain.

What could the course lead to?

Visits to Romano-British sites or possibly work on a Roman site as a volunteer (local) or maybe an informed walk along the Hambleden Valley.

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Archaeology: Roman Archaeology: The Thames Valley Story Course Outline


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