Archaeology - How to Do It

Ref: C3744537

Archaeologists are something like time travellers. They use observations and information to tell us something about past people and how they lived, or died, in an area. Sometimes they work on a large-scale and sometimes this information is incredibly small. However, just like Sherlock Holmes they manage to piece together these tiny morsels to tell the story. How do they do it? It is not a mystery and the techniques can sometimes be learnt very simply and easily. Come and try your hand at this work - and real artefacts and real archaeology will be used, not just case studies! We will work through sessions as varied as using maps to discover the past, understanding place-names, pottery, flint tools and field work. The fieldwork will be arranged for a field site (tbd) and is likely to include some surveying, geophysics (resistance) and metal detecting. Everything you need to know to join in will be shown by the tutor. Field date is Sat 14th Sept 10-2.30 but rain will alter the date.

Course aim

To provide insight into how archaeologists do their every day work and at the same time discover something about archaeology in general and especially local archaeology

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:

  • Use a selection of archaeologists skills to solve local and other questions about the past
  • To use one or more of the techniques from the class sessions to work on some artefacts or understand an area from the data provided or researched
  • Determine good working practices for the techniques covered in the course.

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?

  • It may be useful to have an OS map of any local area, at any scale, for the map exercise. If you own any historic maps then please bring to the map session, but the tutor will have plenty of material and no need to buy anything specially. More maps in class simply ease congestion for some maps.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Follow up activities can be advised on during the classes.

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Archaeology - How to Do It

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