Introduction To Archaeology
This practically orientated course offers hands-on experience of a wide range of basic techniques,
including artefact handling, site survey, aerial photographic interpretation and transcription,
principles of geophysical survey, excavation and post-excavation analysis. Through these experiences we will explore the basic tenets of archaeology, including the main methods of discovering, dating and investigating archaeological evidence as well as debating the issues (and controversies) involved in its interpretation.
Who is this course for
No previous knowledge or experience required
What does this course cover
This practically orientated course offers hands-on experience of a wide range of basic techniques, including artefact handling, site survey, aerial photographic interpretation and transcription, principles of geophysical survey, excavation and post-excavation processes and finds' analysis. Through these experiences we will explore the basic tenets of archaeology, including the main methods of discovering, dating and investigating archaeological evidence.
All those main archaeological practices are going to lead to a full analysis of a specific case study, with a specific focus on the complexity of the Etruscan/Roman ancient landscape in the Italian territory. Amongst the topics to be covered are:
- Introduction to archaeology (From the big discoveries to the present)
- The Science of Discovery (common methods of discovering archaeological sites, stereoscopic viewing of aerial photographs)
- Site Survey: The basics (survey grids, survey using plane table / automatic level).
- Seeing beneath the soil (geophysical survey)
- Principles of excavation (context and the stratigraphic method)
- Dating and Chronology, Investigating the Ancient Environment (environmental processing)
- Earthworks, Buildings and Topographic Survey
- Post-Excavation Analysis
- Reading Finds
- Case study
- Course Overview and Reflections
What will it be like
The course will be as interactive as possible, with lots of opportunity to participate in sessions. There will be some group work and problem solving exercises, lots of class discussion and the the sessions will be supported by video clips and analysis of objects, tools and materials used in archaeological practice
What else do you need to buy or do
Nothing additional is required, although pens, pencils and notepaper may be useful for class activities and if you need to make notes
What this course could lead to
Further courses in the archaeology section of the Centre's course offer or other courses in History especially but also in other Humanities and Social Sciences courses at the Centre or elsewhere
I've been to many Centres to study in London and the Mary Ward Centre is one of the nicest I've studied in.MWC student
This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria
Got a Question about this Course?
Contact The Departmental Administrator.
Why come to Mary Ward Centre?
Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.
Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’