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7 September 2008
Archaeology courses at Liverpool University

Liverpool University's Continuing Education department's Autumn course programme contains a series of items of interest:
The great stone circles of the north west
10 weekly meetings from Mon 6 October 7.00-9.00 by John Hill at 126 Mount Pleasant. Enrolment closing date Fri 26 September. 60/45/24. Liverpool is surrounded by ten great stone circles. Every week each circle is considered, their archaeology, geometry, astronomy and folklore. An enjoyable, practical course that places the circles in the context of British prehistory against our modern perception of them.
Introduction to near eastern prehistory
10 weekly meetings from Tuesday 7 October 7.00-9.00 by Lyn Hughes and Alexis McBride at 126 Mount Pleasant. Enrolment closing date Friday 26 September. 60/45/24. This course will cover the prehistory of the Near East, looking at the area from the Palaeolithic to the Late Bronze Age in the regions of Mesopotamia and the Levant (modern day Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Palestine and Israel). It will provide an overview of the prehistory of an area which is recognised as being the home of many human initiatives, from early farming to metal working and many famous civilizations including Uruk, Ur, the Akkadians and Mari. We will finish with the appearance of the Sea Peoples.
Death and burial in prehistoric Britain
10 weekly meetings from Monday 26 January 2009 2.00-4.00 by Jonathan Trigg at 126 Mount Pleasant. Enrolment closing date Friday 16 January 2009. 60/45/24. We will explore some of the spectacular monuments and extraordinary grave goods from prehistoric Britain and will also consider what the inhabitants of this isle intended to achieve through the symbolic language of burials.
An introduction to Aegean prehistory
10 weekly meetings from Monday 26 January 2009 7.00-9.00 by Lyn Hughes and Dave Smith at Rendall Building, University precinct. Enrolment closing date Friday 16 January 2009 60/45/24. An introduction to the prehistory of Greece, from the amazing finds at the cave of Francthi dating to the Palaeolithic onwards, through the Neolithic cultures of Thessaly and the Minoans on Crete and beyond. It will also look at the eruption of the Thira volcano and the rise of Mycenaeans. The course will provide knowledge of the peoples who made their homes in this rough and rocky country and laid the foundations for later Greek civilization.
An introduction to south american prehistory: the rise and fall of south american civilizations
10 weekly meetings from Friday 30 January 2009 2.00-4.00 by Jonathan Trigg at 126 Mount Pleasant. Enrolment closing date Tuesday 20 January. 60/45/24. This module will look at the development of civilization in South America, from its origins until the Inca Empire and the Spanish Conquest. Using a variety of methods and approaches, it offers a refreshing alternative to traditional 'Old World' archaeology.

Source: Universtity of Liverpool (September 2008)

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