Archaeology of the Middle Ages from 1000 AD to 1500 AD

Ref: C2224534

With the Normans came castles (what were they for? defence? status?), changes in architecture and great religious houses, but what was life really like for the poor and oppressed? Archaeologists working amongst the slums and cemeteries of the medieval period can tell us more. We'll also look at how Richard III was found.

Course aim

The course aims to introduce students to the period from the Normans to the Tudors using archaeology to support/contradict/supplement written evidence; we shall also investigate evidence for the lives of the poor, overlooked by historians.

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:

  • Identify evidence of the Norman invasion as found in the archaeological record.
  • Analyse the role played by castles and monasteries during the medieval period.
  • Describe how archaeologists use evidence to interpret the lives of ordinary people in the medieval period.
  • Describe how archaeologists used evidence as well as history to identify the remains of Richard III.

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
  • The tutor will provide handouts which give an outline of the topics under discussion - students will be expected to read round the subject to supplement classwork.

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • Students will need to bring paper, pens etc. to make notes in class (if they wish to).

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Students may go on to study for GCSE's, A levels or even university courses which include archaeology. Students may also want to join an archaeological society, or join digs.

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Archaeology of the Middle Ages from 1000 AD to 1500 AD

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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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