Archaeology of the British Isles
The British Isles are home to an archaeological record of enviable depth and variety, covering a period of over 700,000 years.
In this course we investigate the material culture of peoples who have settled in Britain over the millennia, from the Lower Palaeolithic to the Norman period, and discover the significance of some of the most intriguing sites, monuments and artefacts they left behind.
Following a broadly chronological framework through important periods, cultural influences and events, we engage with the latest archaeological research to gain glimpses into the lives of people, communities and societies in Britain.
We trace a number of recurring themes along the way, like settlement organisation, politics and power, social structures, economics and religion – all of which have left tantalising impressions on Britain’s archaeological landscape.
Our journey will nurture a fresh appreciation for the discipline of archaeology, and the unique contribution it makes to our understanding of the human story in Britain and beyond.
Participants work through this five-week programme under the guidance of a tutor, and the study materials will be accessible to you 24/7. The course is suitable for beginners, and no prior knowledge of the topic is required. Learners who do have some experience in the subject will have many opportunities to share and deepen their knowledge and understanding.
We hope you will join us for this fascinating introduction to the rich and diverse archaeology of Britain and Ireland.
Please note: this is a small group course. Places are limited, and are offered on a first-come-first-served basis.
In this course we cover the following topics:
- The first humans in Britain
- Britain in the Mesolithic
- Neolithic Britain
- The Bronze Age
- The Iron Age
- Roman Britain
- The Anglo-Saxons
- Celtic peoples
- Britain under the Normans
Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to:
- Explain the general sequence of human settlement in Britain;
- Interpret the evolution of the British landscape in terms of its human stories;
- Identify the most common types of sites and artefacts from each period studied;
- Evaluate archaeological evidence and what it can reveal about past societies in Britain;
- Discuss a range of themes, concepts and theories in British archaeology.
Dr. Mark Anderson specialises in field archaeology, the anthropology of ritual and religion, the formation of complex societies, and the archaeology and cultures of Africa.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.