The Archaeology of Sicily and Sardinia: A Comparative Study

Ref: C3671233

A comparison of the archaeological material from Sicily and Sardinia, the Western Mediterranean's two largest islands. Topics will include:- 1) Prehistory; Neolithic; monuments and trade; Bronze Age; island cultural diversity; settlements and burials. 2) Phoenician and Greek trade and settlement - competition. 3) Roman domination and the Byzantine legacy. 4) Arab conquest and settlement. 5) Norman and Spanish conquest, culture, society and the Church, including monasticism.

Course aim

The aim of the course is to study and compare the archaeology of the islands of Sicily and Sardinia.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • All are welcome. Please bring an enquiring mind.

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

  • 1. Outline the prehistoric development of the Western Mediterranean basin.
  • 2. Describe the distinctive Bronze Age monuments and cultures.
  • 3. List the outside influences imposed during the Classical period.
  • 4. Show how the Islamic settlement contributed to the flourishing and distinctive later Norman culture.
  • 5. Explain the feudal Mediaeval development of each island.

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
  • - Slide-illustrated lecture presentations in a friendly and supportive atmosphere, with class discussion and participation encouraged.

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
  • - Tutor-led Q&A sessions and class discussion will allow participants to assess their progress.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • - Recommended reading: continued below. 1) A Prehistory of Sardegna 2300-500BC. Webster, Gary. 1996. Sheffield Academic Press. 2) Sardegna, the Art and Architecture of the Pre-Nuragic and Nuragic Cultures. Lakeman, Sandra. 2014 Bologna.

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
  • 3) Sicily, Culture and Conquest. Blooms, Dirk and Higgs, Peter. 2016. British Museum Press. 4) Sicily, Art and History. nd. Casa Editrice Bonechi. Florence.

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
  • - Travel and Museum Visits.

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The Archaeology of Sicily and Sardinia: A Comparative Study


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