What is the course about?
This course will explore some of the fascinating archaeological evidence for London’s past. We will discuss key
‘moments’ in the development of London, and visit some of the material remains and relics of one of the world’s great cities and its people. We will also consider the challenges and opportunities of urban archaeology.
What will we cover?
Using a broadly chronological approach, we will discuss the development of London from prehistory to the present.
Undertaking mostly class-based sessions and fieldtrips we will discuss different moments in the history of London. We will consider some of the determinants of growth in the evolution of the capital, exploring such issues as the role of the Thames, population change, marketing and trade, defence and administration to discover what life was like for the people of London during different periods of the capital's history.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Have an enhanced appreciation of the remains of prehistoric, Roman, medieval and post-medieval London, including archaeological sites, features and finds.
Recognise some of the factors influencing the development of London
Have an understanding of some types of urban archaeological research.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is aimed at beginners who have an interest in London and its archaeology. You will be encouraged to
participate in activities and discussions throughout the course, and your enjoyment and benefit from it will be enhanced if you approach this course with an open and critical mind as well as an enthusiasm for learning. On joining the class you should be able to read and comment upon articles and extracts from archaeological texts, journals and websites. You are encouraged to spend time outside the class on independent learning, through private reading and a willingness to share any findings.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
A broad range of teaching methods will be used throughout the course, acknowledging that students learn in
different ways and have different experiences of learning. The format of the two-hour class meetings will vary
week by week but will include formal lectures, group-work and feedback, as well as hands-on activities, and
fieldtrips. You should be prepared to contribute to discussion and good natured debate, and be able to participate
in outdoor activities and fieldtrips.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HLW34 Early London: an introduction to primary sources (see website for details ).