The Archaeology of Gardens

Ref: C2343650

The Archaeology of Gardens will introduce students to the evidence for prehistoric,Roman and Medieval gardening, looking at excavation, air photographic and artistic sources. We will examine, function, crops, designs and the social uses of gardens as well as looking at artifacts and environmental evidence for ancient gardening.

Course aim

The course will introduce students to the study of gardens ancient to medieval. Examining the archaeological, historic and artistic sources in order to develop a chronological overview of garden function, design and development.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Describe the sources we use to understand ancient gardens.
  • Outline the evidence for prehistoric gardens.
  • Show how the archaeological evidence from the Roman period allows the re-construction of Roman gardens.
  • List the artistic and archaeological material used to understand medieval gardens.
  • What are the considerations we take into account when re-creating a medieval courtly garden.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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

  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Maureen Carroll, Earthly Paradises - Ancient gardens in history & archaeology, 2003, British Museum Press, London. Linda Farrar, Gardens & Gardeners of the Ancient World, 2016, Windgather Press Oxford. Patrick Bowe, Gardens of the Roman World, 2004, Frances Lincoln, London

What can I do next?

  • Visiting ancient gardens (eg Fishbourne Hants) in the UK or overseas, Studying museum collections which include gardening artefacts.

Download full course information sheet

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 enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • 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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