Londinium (Roman London 47-457 CE)
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: HLW105
Duration: 1 session
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What is the course about?
This one-day course looks through archaeology at the rise and fall of the Roman city of London (Londinium) from its foundation in c AD47 to its abandonment in c AD45.
What will we cover?
The discovery of the material remains of Londinium: the Roman elements surviving in the City Wall, the amphitheatre; and key central archaeological sites. We will look at some of the many fascinating finds from Londinium, and will discuss the development and decline of the town.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Appreciate the topography, development and fall of the Roman city, and recognise some typical archaeological finds from Londinium.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
An enthusiastic interest in our capital’s development is key. A keen eye, an open mind and a desire to question will add to your understanding and enjoyment. The course assumes no prior knowledge of London’s history but you are welcome to undertake any prior reading if you wish.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course begins in the classroom with presentations and short activities including examining range of Roman pottery used in London. This is followed by a guided walk around the streets and sites of London.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Stout comfortable (flat) shoes for walking and clothes that can be adapted to suit the ever-changeable English climate; your topped-up Oyster Card or Travel Pass.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HLW103 Archaeology of London
HLW223 Archaeology of London's gardens
HLW224 Archaeology of Southwark.
Jill Hummerstone has worked in the heritage sector for over 30 years: as a field archaeologist, for English Heritage, and latterly as a self employed consultant. She is a tutor of adults and children in archaeology, a subject she has loved since tramping the countryside looking for finds as a child. Jill graduated with a BA honours from the Institute of Archaeology, UCL and gained an MA in Managing Archaeological Sites also from the Institute. Her interests include field archaeology techniques, finds and conservation, management of archaeological sites, British Prehistory, the Archaeology of London, Garden Archaeology and indeed all archaeological sites up to the present day. She is as interested in the mundane finds which tell us about individuals in the past as she is in more spectacular finds. Jill believes that archaeology is a subject for all with an interest, and enjoys encouraging debate and critical thought amongst her classes- not just looking passively at the past but engaging with our diverse past, and finding meaning in artefacts and sites in a way accessible and enjoyable to all.
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