Digging into the Origins of Britain

Ref: C3744307

Britain became an island around 8000 years ago, however it has never been isolated from developments in Europe or beyond. Successive incursions of people and ideas have helped shape the nation we are now. Over a series of 5 lectures, the impact of these interactions will be explored through examining archaeological artifacts, many of which will be available for handling. Topics will include: Why did Farmers start building monuments such as Stonehenge? What it means to be Celtic? How Roman was Roman Britain; Was there light in the Dark Ages? How civilised were the Vikings?

Course aim

To examine what the archaeological evidence reveals about the origins of Britain up to the time of the Norman Conquest.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Understand the contribution made by newcomers in the period from when Britain became an Island up to the Norman Conquest and, their archaeological legacy.
  • Know the main archaeological features associated with Later Prehistoric, Roman, Saxon, Viking and Norman Britain.
  • Be able to recognise the main archaeological artifacts associated with the period between the 8000 BC and AD 1066.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

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

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Digging into the Origins of Britain


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