Archaeology: Rediscovering the Romans in Cheshire and Lancashire

Ref: C3843356

This course will review the archaeology of the Roman military at sites such as Chester, Manchester, and Ribchester, all the subject of recent archaeological excavation work, as well as recently identified Roman forts at Middlewich and Wigan. Recent research on the rural landscape, including farms and agricultural use and the alignment of Roman roads, will also be discussed. Finally the course will look at the rise and fall of Roman towns from Lancaster to Warrington and Chester and what coin hoards can still us about the occupation of the region.

Additional information about this course

Please note that course timings are 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. with lunch from 12.30 - 1.30 p.m.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the latest archaeological research on the Roman occupation of North West England. This will enable students to better understand the visible remains of the Roman period to be found in the North West.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Name two archaeological techniques used for locating buried sites
  • Identify three types of Roman settlements present with in the North West
  • Suggest a way in which the Roman legacy survives into the 21st century in the region

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 be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

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

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Archaeology: Rediscovering the Romans in Cheshire and Lancashire


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