The Archaeology of Death and Burial

Ref: C3741206

Case studies from a variety of periods and places will be used in addressing topics such as social organisation and status, spirituality and religion, territory and legitimation and the ethics of using human remains in archaeology.  

Course aim

How we dispose of and commemorate our dead is fundamental to human culture. This course explores themes and issues in the study of mortuary practices.

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 at least three arguments for and against the excavation of human remains
  • Explain why burials can often reflect the living rather than the dead
  • Describe the difficulties in linking burials to a belief in an afterlife

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?

  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided

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

Download full course outline

The Archaeology of Death and Burial 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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