• The archaeology of Africa is a rich and complex subject - a field of study with the power to dissolve the myth of a ‘dark continent’ devoid of history, and reveal instead the incredible diversity of the African experience. By exploring this largely unwritten past you will discover the amazing achievements of African peoples, recognise Africa’s significant contribution to our shared human heritage, and develop a deeper understanding of some of the challenges faced by the continent in the 21st century. From human origins to the development of agriculture and the rise of complex societies, this course offers a broad introduction to the archaeology of the African continent. You will explore key research themes and engage with interdisciplinary methodologies that include physical and cultural anthropology, written and oral histories, environmental studies and ethnography. By examining important archaeological research from the Sahara to South Africa, you will learn how the continent has long played a dynamic cultural and economic role on the global stage.
  • Join us for Archaeology of the British Isles, a fascinating introduction to the rich and diverse archaeology of Britain and Ireland. In this tutor-led 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 we 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 in Britain, we engage with the latest archaeological research to glimpse life in past societies. Along the way, we follow a number of recurring themes like social structure, politics and power, settlement organisation, economics and religion – all of which have left tantalising traces in Britain's archaeological record. Our journey will nurture a fresh appreciation for the discipline of archaeology and for the unique contribution it makes to our understanding of the human story, in Britain and beyond.
  • Introducing Archaeology offers a broad introduction to the processes of investigating past societies. By examining a wide range of international case studies we discover the methods and techniques archaeologists use, and learn how these help us to understand the way people lived and died in their ancient worlds. From the initial phases of research in libraries and archives, through processes of site survey and excavation, to the post-excavation analysis of artefacts and materials, we gain unique insights into all of the key stages of an archaeological project. We then adopt a global perspective to look at current threats to important archaeological sites around the world, and explore how you can get involved and make a contribution to this exciting discipline.