More Archaeological Conumdrums Part 2

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The course will look at two different types of archaeological study - firstly we shall concentrate on the area around Newcastle on Tyne from the Roman period when they were at the end of Hadrian's Wall, through the Saxons to the Norman period when they were a stronghold against the Scots. The area became important for the wool trade and later on for the coal industry, ship building and steam - they even invented the light bulb! Our second area of study will be the archaeology of grain - a staple food for at least 100,000 years. How did the desire to feast on grain affect the settlement patterns of ancient man and their economy (the quality of their diet declined even if the quantity improved). Cereals also became part of ritual practices which continue today - have you ever made a corn dolly?

Additional information about this course

Half term break on 18th February.

Course aim

The course aims to give students the opportunity to study the way archaeologists find and identify sites of interest by looking at two different types of sites - Newcastle and its environs over . 2,000 years and the archaeology of grain.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • this course is for everyone interested in archaeology and history

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

  • demonstrate how the use of archaeological techniques such as stratigraphy can show how a settlement progressed and changed over time.
  • analyse interpretations of the purpose and use of Hadrian's Wall.
  • interpret the results of the excavations of the quayside at Newcastle.
  • identify methods used by archaeologists to determine what cereals were farmed over time and their effect on settlement patterns
  • discuss how different farming practices impact on the health of the population

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • students are encouraged to undertake additional work from home and to share this with other members of the class - it is not compulsory though and some students may have particular specialised interests which they can share.

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
  • many students will have visited some of the sites under discussion and are encouraged to contribute to the class

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • the tutor gives out handouts which show relevant point for the topic under discussion each week; the tutor will also bring archaeology magazines and books which the students may borrow.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • students are encouraged to research the topics on the internet and from library resources.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • students may wish to proceed to further education in archaeology but also to attend lectures and field days put on by local archaeology societies.

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More Archaeological Conumdrums Part 2

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