Prehistoric Sussex

Ref: C3742786

Prehistoric Sussex, what do we mean by that and what period are we covering? The tooth and bone fragment of a hominid at Boxgrove are 500,000 years old and he or she was using flint tools. That is where we begin, in the Paleolithic or Old Stone Age with the land in the grip of ice. As the climate changed, so did the people, during the Mesolithic or Middle Stone age the land bridge with the Continent was broken. The Neolithic or New Stone Age saw the introduction of agriculture, the first monuments in the landscape, pottery. What a story unfolds as metal is discovered and used; copper, bronze, iron. Sophisticated societies and beautiful artefacts revealed by archaeology. We end with the arrival of the Romans with their written historical accounts of invasion and settlement.

Course aim

What is prehistory? The aim of this course is to explain and teach prehistory with special attention given to the prehistory of Sussex.

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:

  • Explain the difference between prehistory and archaeology.
  • Discuss how prehistory is divided into the Three Ages: Stone, Bronze, and Iron.
  • Recognise a flint tool.
  • Say what was new in the Neolithic or New Stone Age.
  • Recognise prehistoric monuments in the landscape.

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 have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • 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?

  • Nothing else is needed

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

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Prehistoric Sussex


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