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Discover archology through our diverse and exciting archaeology courses from local towns to South America, the Middle East and Ancient Rome and Greece. You will explore a range of literary sources, archaeology and remaining structures and artefacts and consider everyday of the period in question as well as wider economic and social contexts.

Aerial Archaeology View details

This short day-school will introduce students to the theory and practice of Archaeological Air Photography. How and why crop, shadow, soil and natural marks are formed and what they mean (where we know) will be covered. Aircraft, cameras, film and weather will be discussed and examples from flying in Lincolnshire will be used to illustrate the talk. The speaker is an active air photographer in Lincolnshire.

Ancient Egypt: From Taharqa to Cleopatra Part 1 View details

Discover one of the hidden histories of Egypt after the pharaohs of the New Kingdom. This course will explore the fascinating Late Period of ancient Egypt, a time which juxtaposes strength, renaissance, trade, cultural fusion and autonomy with occupation, conflict and division. The rule of Nubian Pharaoh Taharqa is followed by brief Assyrian involvement leading to Twenty-Sixth dynasty Egypt which, with high quality art and monumental tombs, should be considered one of the gems of Pharaonic history. This apogee of the Late Period is replaced by the first of two Persian occupations, the second of which is brought to an end by the shattering conquest of Alexander the Great in 332 BC.

Ancient Egypt: The Pyramid Age View details

This course will introduce the ancient Egyptian Old Kingdom or Pyramid age, studying the history, buildings and art of this foundation phase of the ancient Egyptian civilization. We will trace Egyptian history from unification to the decline of the Old Kingdom, we will study the evolution and construction of pyramids and state institutions. Old Kingdom art provided a benchmark for millennia in Ancient Egypt and in this course will be follow a number of important case studies considering tomb reliefs and artefacts. Finally we will review the end of the Old Kingdom including the 94 year reign of Pepi II.

Archaeology - How to Do It View details

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.

Archaeology across the Empire: Rome in Eastern Egypt View details

Why were the Romans interested in the east of Egypt? This short course will consider the role of the Romans in the region, and their activities, exploitation and networks. We will primarily look at the archaeological evidence but also consider other sources to see what was gained and the impact on the rest of the Empire

Archaeology of the Late Bronze Age Mediterranean View details

The Late Bronze Age saw the mysterious collapse of dominant civilizations in the Eastern Mediterranean. There were great changes in Minoan Crete, Egypt, the Hittite Empire, Mycenaean Greece and Syria. We will examine the proposed causes of this collapse as well as explore the changes that were the result. Everyone welcome; no previous knowledge assumed

Archaeology of the Late Bronze Age Mediterranean View details

The Late Bronze Age saw the mysterious collapse of dominant civilizations in the Eastern Mediterranean. There were great changes in Minoan Crete, Egypt, the Hittite Empire, Mycenaean Greece and Syria. We will examine the proposed causes of this collapse as well as explore the changes that were the result. Everyone welcome; no previous knowledge assumed

Archaeology: How does an excavation work? View details

Most of us have seen an archaeological excavation on TV, but how do archaeologists go from digging a foundation ditch and fragments of pottery to a picture of a whole building and pots. This course will take us through the process of digging and how we record what we have found. We will look at the various scientific methods used to help us and the principals of stratigraphy that ensure that what we dig makes logical sense. It will also introduce the ways that we make everything we have recorded tell a story that people will be interested in. Our courses are about learning together by talking about the past, having our own ideas and building the confidence to chat and learn. We are a relaxed and welcoming group, why not join us?

Archaeology: Rediscovering the Romans in Cheshire and Lancashire View details

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.

Archaeology: The Stoneage Revolution in Britain -the Mesolithic to the Neolithic View details

Archaeologists are learning more and more about the first people to walk back to our landscape after the ice age and the people who followed them bringing new ideas of farming and building monuments such as Stonehenge. This course is an opportunity to find out what is being added by excavations and through new sciences such as genetics. Our courses are about learning together by talking about the past, having our own ideas and building the confidence to chat and learn. We are a relaxed and welcoming group, why not join us?