An Assortment of Archaeological Subjects: Ceramics, Aerial Photography etc

Ref: C3671234

The course will explore the use of air photography in archaeology; its developments, modern techniques (Including LIDAR), results and their interpretation; types of marks and their causes; what we can learn. Secondly, we shall examine the history and archaeology of the mediaeval military monks:- Templars, Hospitallers and Teutonics.

Course aim

To introduce students to: a) air photography as used in archaeology; b) the history and archaeology of the mediaeval military monks.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • All are welcome. Please bring an enquiring mind.

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

  • 1) Describe the processes that create crop marks.
  • 2) List the types of crop and soil marks -ve and +ve
  • 3) Show how the development of LIDAR and digital mapping has changed our ability to model past landscapes.
  • 4) Explain the paradox of the military monk
  • 5) Outline the development of the military monastic orders, their rise and decline.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • Slide-illustrated lecture presentations in a friendly and supportive atmosphere, with class discussion and participation encouraged.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • Tutor-led Q&A sessions and class discussion will allow participants to assess their progress.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • Recommended reading: continued below. 1) History from the Air. Muir, R. 1987 Mermaid Press, London. 2) Air Photo Interpretation for Archaeologists. Wilson, D.R. 2000 Tempus, Stroud.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • 3) A History of Aerial Photography and Archaeology. Barber, M. 2011 Eng. Heritage Swindon. 4) The Medieval Military Orders 1120-1314. Morton, N. 2013 Pearson, Harlow. 5) The Trial of the Templars. Barber M. 2006. Cambridge UP

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Travel and museum visits, including archives which contain air photo coverage.

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An Assortment of Archaeological Subjects: Ceramics, Aerial Photography etc


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