Archaeology: Highlights of NW archaeology in 2017

Ref: C3840183

This course is an introduction to the latest archaeological research in North West England. The focus of the course will be on landscapes and sites investigated in the last two years especially from Cheshire and Greater Manchester. Examples include Iron Age Poulton in Cheshire, medieval hall sites and work on workers' housing in Salford and Manchester, and studies of textile mills in Greater Manchester.

Course aim

This course will review the latest excavation and survey in North West England over the last two years: from the Iron Age in Cheshire to Oldknow's Mellor textile mill in Stockport.

Who is the course for?

This is an introductory course (Level 1). No prior knowledge or experience is needed.

What topics will this course cover

1. Hunter gatherers and first farmers (from Bronze Age Must Farm to Mottram and Poulton) 2. Hunting for Manchester Castle and Medieval Salford 3. Recording Ordsall Hall and Speke Hall 4. Field visit to the Bridgewater canal at Worsley Delph 5. Industrial Archaeology Sites (mills, dyeworks and workers' housing)

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. List two sites excavated in Greater Manchester in 2015 or 2016 2. Name three archaeological techniques used to locate and investigate historic sites 3. Join in a classroom discussion about recent local archaeological excavations

How will I know I'm making progress?

Through verbal feedback and written feedback as appropriate

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

Nothing else is needed. Information handouts will be provided during the course.

Reading and information sources


What could the course lead to?

A further course of study with the WEA A visit to one of the sites mentioned in the course Join a local history or archaeology group

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Archaeology: Highlights of NW archaeology in 2017 Course Outline


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