Introduction to Archaeology

Ref: C3742917

Archaeology is all around us if you know what it looks like. Over 5 two hour sessions, the principles and practice of archaeology will be explored with opportunity to handle artefacts and practical sessions on flint and pottery recognition. The Archaeology of Winchester and its surrounding district will be placed into its wider context.

Course aim

To introduce the principles and practice of archaeology and to provide the skill set for participants to undertake independent research

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Understand how Archaeology has developed as a discipline.
  • Know the basic techniques of Archaeology and its terminology.
  • Have ability to identify flint and pottery artefacts.
  • Understand what Archaeology can tell us about the last million years
  • Carry out 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?

  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Students will be actively encouraged to take part in Archaeology either by joining a local Archaeological Society or by carrying out independent research (or both).

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Introduction to Archaeology


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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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