The Archaeology of Gardens

Ref: C2343038

The course will examine the Archaeology of Gardens, through excavated evidence, reconstruction and experimentation. We will look at sites in Egypt, The Middle East, Italy, Iberia, North America and Northern Europe, and will look at subjects such as irrigation, plant depiction, harvesting, tools and social function - all through the prism of archaeological evidence.

Course aim

The course will introduce students to The Archaeology of Gardens; looking at Prehistoric, Roman, Arab, Medieval and Renaissance sites in Egypt, the Middle East, Spain, Italy and Northern Europe.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This is a new course selected by the Louth WEA Branch at the Salvation Army center.

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

  • List notable ancient Garden complexes.
  • Describe formal Roman garden styles,
  • Show how Arab garden design influenced modern designs.
  • Outline the content of a typical NW European medieval garden.
  • Demonstrate where Renaissance garden design took it;s influences from.

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
  • Slide illustrated informal lectures with student input encouraged,

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 is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Earthly Paradises, Ancient Gardens in History & Archaeology. Maureen Carroll,British Museum Press London 2013. Gardens and Gardeners of the Ancient World. Linda Farrar, Windgather Press Oxford 2016.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Visits to historic gardens, Museums holding collections of gardening material and overseas visits to some of the featured sites,

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The Archaeology of Gardens

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

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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