An Introduction to Archaeology

Ref: C3740958

Archaeology is all around us if you know what it looks like. Over 4 three 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.

Additional information about this course

This course is run by the WEA, working in partnership with East Surrey College delivering Adult Learning across the East Surrey area. This is a fee paying course. If you are in receipt of an income related benefit you may be entitled to free tuition. You will need to provide evidence of your benefit status at the first session.

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.

Who is the course for?

No previous experience of Archaeology is necessary and after the course participants will have the skill set necessary to carry out independent research.

What topics will this course cover

The course will cover the following topics: • What is Archaeology and how it has developed as a discipline? • What do Archaeologists do and how do they do it? • Artefact recognition • A Short guide to British Prehistoric Archaeology • A short guide to Roman Archaeology • A short guide to Medieval Archaeology • Summary and What Next?

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. Understand how Archaeology has developed as a discipline. 2. Learn the basic techniques of Archaeology and its terminology. 3. Be able to identify flint and pottery artefacts. 4. Gain an overview of British archaeology over the last million years. 5. Understand the skills to enable independent research

How will I know I'm making progress?

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. Students will be actively encouraged to ask questions throughout the course and after each session copies of the presentations and notes will be distributed.

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

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.

Reading and information sources

No, although if a student has a particular interest in Archaeology the tutor will try and cover this in the course content.

What could the course lead to?

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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