Day School: Archaeological Conundrums - Romans & Ruffians

Ref: C2227031

Is it ever possible to know what rituals took place at sites such as Stonehenge? The Romans left plenty of evidence for their 400 year occupation of Britain, but what about 'un-Roman' Britain - most Britons still lived in 'Iron Age' houses. What happened when the Romans left? We'll look at some recent interpretations. History is mostly about the rich and powerful but what happened to the poor and sick? Archaeologists can give us some of the answers.

Additional information about this course

The day school starts at 10am and ends at 4pm with one hour lunch break in between.

Course aim

The course aims to introduce students to the ways that archaeologists both find, and interpret, different types of evidence from Bronze Age ritual sites to nineteenth century pauper housing, diseases and medical care.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is suitable for everyone who has an interest in finding out about people in the past.

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

  • Describe the features and artefacts archaeologists use to identify ritual sites
  • Assess the 'value' of using modern rituals and religion as a means of interpreting what pre-historic societies practiced - (ethno-archaeology)
  • Examine the evidence which suggests that Roman rule had little impact on the lives of the majority of Britons
  • Describe the scientific methods used by archaeologists to find out the life expectancy of people and to assess their accuracy

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • The tutor will provide handouts relevant to the topic under discussion

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Students may wish to join a local archaeology or history group, or visit archaeological sites.

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Day School: Archaeological Conundrums - Romans & Ruffians

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  • 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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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