Day School: Archaeology of the Chilterns

Ref: C3743252

The Chilterns is a very special place - shaped by a blend of natural processes and management by people for over 6000 years. Given the restriction of fitting the topic into a day we will explore the Chilterns of Palaeolithic (Stone Age) to the Saxons), explore what it looked like, what people were doing and how we know. By making use of real artefacts, maps and archive photographs it is amazing what can be uncovered.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by The Education and Skills Funding agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available. Contact the branch for further details.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to the archaeology of the Chiltern Hills, which will range from hunter-gatherers to farming to hillforts and everything else (Stone Age to Saxon) that has made Chilterns what they are today.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers

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

  • Recognise and describe archaeological features and finds that reflect some of the story we explore.
  • State what these features may be and how to investigate these ideas.
  • Evaluate and identify archaeological features.
  • Explain what changes have occurred in selected areas of the Chilterns over archaeological time.

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 be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Chilterns maps of any type will be very useful. OS maps especially, but historical maps too.

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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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Day School: Archaeology of the Chilterns

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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