Celtic Cowboys? Iron Age survivors in Northern England

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Communities in the north on the eve of the Roman invasion were once described as 'Celtic cowboys, footloose and unpredictable...'. Archaeological investigation in recent years has revealed new evidence from a royal stronghold, one of the largest in Europe, and from wealthy farms that were at least as big as the forts of the conquering Roman army. Despite this, there is still a perception that the northern uplands in particular were impoverished backwaters, that were left behind by the development of urban communities in the Roman period. We will assess this vew against the wider background of Celtic identity and the people who came to be known as the 'Brigantes'. We will use online resources for a hands-on investigation of evidence from across the north of England, calling on current fieldwork projects that are revealing a complex pattern of long-standing rural communities.

Course aim

To introduce recent developments in our understanding of archaeological evidence from the Iron Age and Roman periods in the north of England, and to explore relevant data at first hand.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Understand archaeological evidence and how it can be interpreted
  • Access archaeological data via the internet
  • Evaluate our current understanding of archaeological evidence from the Iron Age and Roman periods in the north of England

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

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
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • If possible please bring a laptop or tablet to classroom sessions.

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Celtic Cowboys? Iron Age survivors in Northern England

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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