An Introduction to Archaeology

Ref: C2339104

The course will be informally delivered by lectures and discussion. Topics to be covered include, archaeology-what is it? Studying people in the past; seeing into the past-techniques of discovery; Excavation-the unrepeatable experiment, what it all means.

Course aim

The aim of the course is to introduce students to the ideas, techniques and practicalities of modern archaeology, as well as to de-bunk some of the jargon associated with the subject.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • For all who are interested.

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

  • An understanding of the underlying purpose of the subject.
  • See what and how some of the techniques we use work.
  • Show what we do to maximise the data recovery from projects.
  • Explain what an excavation actually aims to do and how we carry one out.
  • Attempt to de-bunk some of the jargon terms we use.

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
  • The tutor will present the course content in an exciting and engaging manner using talks with slides and class discussion.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A keen and enquiring mind.

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
  • Perhaps have a look at some of the general introductory texts available at the library

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • The course should allow a much greater appreciation of museum displays and content as well as site visits to actual monuments.

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An Introduction to Archaeology


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