Archaeology: Food and Drink in the Past

Ref: C2338773

What did our ancestors eat and why? Examine the social, cultural and economic factors that have influenced consumption in the human past via a wide range of archaeological evidence from around the world. Investigate not just what past peoples ate, but how they acquired and prepared their food, as well as dietary taboos and luxuries. No formal requirements; everyone welcome and no previous knowledge assumed

Course aim

This course will examine the social, cultural and economic factors that have influenced consumption in the human past via a wide range of archaeological evidence from around the world.

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:

  • Evaluate the importance of food to past societies
  • Describe some of the methods by which people have acquired food in the past
  • Describe some of the social, cultural and economic factors that have influenced consumption in the past
  • Describe the evidence used by archaeologists to study food in the past

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

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Essential reading will be provided. Learners will require a notepad and pen. They may also find it helpful to have a wallet folder to store handouts and own notes.

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
  • 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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Archaeology: Food and Drink in the Past 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
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • 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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