More Archaeological Conundrums

Ref: C2224488

We shall spend about half the course looking at the development of London from the Norman conquest onwards, this will include medieval London, Dickens London, markets, hospitals, trade. Who were the Scots? Did they originate from Ireland, or Spain as DNA analysis suggests? We shall look at how archaeologist find out about diseases, plagues etc. and how they impacted on communities.

Course aim

the course aims to give students the opportunity to analyse some current issues in archaeology - a period study of London from rescue digs; the origin of the Scots from DNA; the effect of plagues on settlement patterns.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Outline the impact of 'rescue digs' on the development of archaeology in London.
  • List the evidence and arguments used to suggest the origins of the Scots.
  • Discuss the impact of DNA analysis on determining how populations migrated.
  • To use archaeological evidence to assess the impact of epidemics on settlement patterns.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • Students will be expected to read round the subject and to look at alternative interpretations of archaeological evidence

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
  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • The tutor will bring handouts relevant to the topic under discussion, as well as books and articles which students can borrow.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • the tutor will explain archaeological techniques which are relevant to the topics under discussion.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Students may wish to join archaeology clubs and societies, or even join a dig.

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