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Landscapes of the Living & The Dead:The Archaeology of Somerset's Early Settlers

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Course: Landscapes of the Living & The Dead:The Archaeology of Somerset's Early Settlers
Tutor: Dr Paula Gardiner
Start Date: 3rd April 2018
Start Time: Tea
End Date: 5th April 2018
End Time: Lunch
Res Fee (from): £350.00
Non Res Fee: £244.00 What's included?

There are two diverse landscapes in Somerset: the limestone of the Mendip Hills and the waterlogged lowlands of the Somerset Levels. Humans have inhabited these landscapes for thousands of years. Neanderthals walked along the Mendip edge en route to the Severn Estuary Basin, whilst hunters in Cheddar performed secret and shocking rites inside their caves; farmers created distinctive trackways across the ever-increasing swamps and a unique village grew up near Glastonbury.

This course will explore the archaeological evidence for how humans used these landscapes and include a fieldtrip to the Glastonbury Lake Village and Museum. 

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Dr Paula Gardiner

Dr. Paula Gardiner is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol, having retired from full-time teaching in 2011, where she held the position of Head of Education and was the director of two MA programmes and the BA in Archaeological Studies. She teaches part-time at the University of Oxford Continuing Education Department and is on the committee of Bristol and Avon Archaeological Society. Paula is the Director of the Mesolithic Exmoor Research Group, who are currently excavating on Brendon Common, Exmoor. She regularly contributes conference papers on landscape and the Mesolithic and her current research is the late Mesolithic in south west England.

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