Archaeology, from Dig to Lab and Beyond: A Free Online Course from the University of Reading

From the Uni­ver­si­ty of Read­ing comes Archae­ol­o­gy: from Dig to Lab and Beyond, a free online course that offers “an intro­duc­tion to study­ing archae­ol­o­gy, explor­ing excit­ing dis­cov­er­ies in the Vale of Pewsey, near to Stone­henge and Ave­bury.” In this course, stu­dents will:

Chart the progress of an archae­o­log­i­cal exca­va­tion from dig to lab and beyond.
We’ll show you around our field school at the Vale of Pewsey, a rel­a­tive­ly untouched site com­pared to its famous neigh­bour, Stone­henge.

An exca­va­tion is more than just dig­ging with a trow­el. You’ll inves­ti­gate how and where to dig, col­lect, record and store pre­cious finds and take a clos­er look at what you can learn from a dis­cov­ery once you’ve found it.

One of the most intrigu­ing finds of all is a bur­ial site and you’ll exam­ine the archae­o­log­i­cal meth­ods employed in the study of the dead. How can you recre­ate the life, health and occu­pa­tion of an indi­vid­ual just from their skele­tal remains?

Archae­ol­o­gy: from Dig to Lab and Beyond will be added to our col­lec­tion, 1,700 Free Online Cours­es from Top Uni­ver­si­ties. Stu­dents can enroll here.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

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