Spring Into Archaeology

Ref: C2523881

In this short course we will consider descriptions of artefacts connected with the theme of 'spring', it will introduce and investigate a variety of objects that could be found on archaeological digs from a range of locations, and discuss the questions that we can ask of these objects to find out about the past. We will include descriptions of objects with images related to spring (such as pottery and metal artefacts), and think about what archaeological remains (such as seeds and bones) can tell us about changing seasons. The examples discussed will be from several different periods including Roman and Neolithic

Course aim

Using the theme of 'spring' this session will provide an introduction to different types of artefacts that can be found in the archaeological record and discuss some of the stories they can tell.

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

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

  • Be aware of at least three of the different types of artefact groups that can be found in the archaeological record
  • Have a basic appreciation of why some objects are more commonly recovered on excavations
  • Know at least three other places to look for further information on archaeology and artefacts.

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 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
  • You may find it useful to bring some paper and something to write with.

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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Spring Into Archaeology


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