An Introduction to Archaeology

Ref: C3741388

Archaeology is all around us if you know what it looks like. Over 6 two hour sessions, the principles and practice of archaeology will be explored with ample opportunity to handle artefacts, as well as practical sessions on artefact recognition.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to the principles and practice of archaeology and provide the skill set for participants to undertake research in their local area.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No previous experience of Archaeology is necessary and after the course participants will have the skill set necessary to carry out independent research.

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how Archaeology has developed as a discipline.
  • Describe the basic techniques of Archaeology and its terminology.
  • Identify flint and pottery artefacts.
  • Give an overview of British archaeology over the last million years.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the skills to enable independent research.

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?

  • After the first session, each subsequent session will begin with a refresh of the main principles discussed previously. Students will be actively encouraged to ask questions throughout the course.

What else do I need to know?

  • No prior reading or experience in archaeology is required. Although copies of the presentation will be distributed, student may wish to write notes in which case a notebook and pen would be required.

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

What can I do next?

  • Students will be actively encouraged to take part in Archaeology either by joining a local Archaeological Society or becoming an independent researcher, (or both!).

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