Course: The Discovery and Decipherment of Ancient Languages
Date and Time: 10-4 pm, Saturday 13th October
Course: Who owns the Past
Date and Time: 10-4 pm, Saturday 5th May
Course: The Archaeology of South America
Date and Time: 2-4 pm, Tuesdays starting 26th September 2017 for 10 weeks
Location: New Directions, Caversham, Reading RG4 8HX – WEA Reading
Course: The Maya Civilisation
Date and Time: 10.15-3.30 pm, Saturday 18th November 2017
Location: Andover Museum, Church Close, Andover, SP10 1DP – WEA Andover
Introduction to South American Archaeology
Date and Time: 2-4 pm, Tuesdays, starting 26th September 2017
Location: New Directions, Caversham, Reading – WEA Reading
The Central Andean archaeological record documents the rise and fall of some of the most complex societies to emerge in the pre-contact Americas. These include Chavin de Huantar, Paracas, Nazca (famous for the Nazca lines), Moche, Tiwanaku, Chimu, Chachapoya, Huari and the Inca empire. The area is also notable for its artistic and technological achievements in textiles, ceramics, metallurgy and monumental architecture.
“I liked the use of different media in presenting the course. The instructor, Dr Diane Davies, was excellent. She had a very in-depth knowledge of the subject”
This course will review the history of human adaptation to the South American Continent from the earliest Paleo-Indian arrivals through to the Inca Empire and the consequences of the Spanish Conquest. It will provide an overview of South American prehistory and a survey of current research in the field.
Explain the adaptations the prehistoric people undertook to live in the Andean area. Name at least 3 cultures other than the Inca who played a large role in the development of Andean civilisations. Be able to criticise and evaluate interpretations of archaeological data.
No previous experience is required, nor is there a course prerequisite. You will be encouraged to participate by asking questions, expressing your opinions and generally contributing your experience and knowledge.
The Maya Civilisation
Date and Time: 10.15 am – 3.30 pm, Saturday 18th November
Location: Andover Museum, Church Close, Andover – WEA Andover
Learn about one of the most magnificent, but misunderstood civilisations of the ancient world – the ancient Maya from the rainforests of Central America.
The Maya created one of the most sophisticated civilizations in the ancient world. Their achievements in the arts and sciences, along with their complex social, political and economic systems, make them one of the most remarkable culture groups in the Precolumbian Americas. These people brought us an intricate calendar system, complex hieroglyphic writing, some of the largest pyramids in the world, a form of ballgame that was like no other and most importantly chocolate! This course will discuss the major achievements of the Maya as well as pointing out the common misunderstandings we have of this remarkable civilization.
No previous experience with anthropology or archaeology is required, nor is there a course prerequisite. You will be encouraged to participate by asking questions, expressing your opinions and generally contributing your experience and knowledge.
The format of the class will vary from week to week, but will include PowerPoint presentations, video clips, readings and follow-up discussions. Discussions will give us a chance to talk about the information and issues presented the readings and lectures in a less formal way. You are encouraged to read outside the course on particular topics you find interesting and would like to discuss in class.