Lost Cities of Jordan and Syria

Ref: C3839447

The recent deliberate destruction of ancient sites in the Middle East is shocking. This course examines the archaeology of Jordan and Syria from earliest times It includes major studies of Petra in Jordan and Palmyra in Syria.

Course aim

To explore the archaeological remains from the modern day countries of Jordan and Syria

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

1. Jordan - Stone Age to Iron Age 2. Jordan - The Nabateans – Petra 3. Jordan - Byzantine to modern times 4. Syria - Stone Age to Iron Age 5. Syria – Roman, Palmyrene and Byzantine 6. Syria - Islamic to modern times

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:

Identify three key structures in Palmyra and Petra Assess the reasons for the early development of civilisation in this part of the world Discuss in class the significance of the fusion of Greek and Semitic styles Reflect critically on the changes brought on by the coming of Islam to this area

How will I know I'm making progress?

Oral feedback will be given on an individual basis with suggestions for further study for those who wish to explore further In addition written comments will be given on the WEA Individual Learning Sheets

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

Full notes will be provided A notebook and pen will be useful Power Point and DVD clips will illustrate the sessions

Reading and information sources

Any study guide on the sites in Jordan and Syria generally or more specifically on the cities of Petra and Palmyra will be useful

What could the course lead to?

Topics for next academic year will be agreed between the class and the tutor

Download full course outline

Lost Cities of Jordan and Syria Course Outline


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