Decoding Stonehenge

Ref: C2224322

The detailed archaeology of Stonehenge reveals that only a few possible interpretations are viable. When we include its associated monuments of wood, stone and earth and its place in the landscape and connection with the sky, only one or two interpretations are possible. We can test these few theories with a series of experiments that require acquaintance with prehistoric ‘astronomy’, the family and kinship of hunters and cattle herders, the origins of warring and the universal stories told through fairy tale and myths. This course will be a scientific journey through prehistory, and introduces you to the earliest types of ‘astronomy’, the methods of archaeology and anthropology, and the secrets locked into myth and fairy tale. The hidden meaning of Stonehenge is revealed in how the cattle herders who built it had to come to terms with the hunters that they had displaced.

Course aim

An introduction to the archaeology, anthropology and archaeoastronomy of Stonehenge including a test of these theories by interpreting European fairy tales and Greek myth.

Who is the course for?

- No skills or experience needed - This course is for beginners - This course is for improvers - This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

What topics will this course cover

- 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 - You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

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:

How will I know I'm making progress?

- 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 - You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor - You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning - There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

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

- All materials will be provided

Reading and information sources

- No pre reading or pre course work is required

What could the course lead to?

- Progress to another WEA course - Progress to a course with another provider - You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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Decoding Stonehenge Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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