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Explore the archaeology and social lives of the people living in Medieval Europe. 

The Medieval period saw the expansion of the feudal system and the creation of Europe as a concept, but the vast majority of people were not kings, knights or bishops. They were bakers, brewers, blacksmiths, merchants, farmers, and householders, who struggled and prospered through the cycles of famine, pestilence, and war. The archaeology they left behind is a window to their characters, beliefs, and mentalities.

Course outline

  • Topic 1: Introduction to Feudal Europe 
  • Topic 2: Knowledge is Power: how to control the masses 
  • Topic 3: Death and Taxes: the certainties in life 
  • Topic 4: Sex, Marriage and Property: inside the Medieval Mind.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course, learners will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Understand the archaeological timeline and characteristics of Medieval Europe;
  • Recognise the social and cultural changes from one time period to another;
  • Grasp key debates about the identities of Medieval communities;
  • Explain the nature of monuments, housing, domestic lives, beliefs, and attitudes to death.

Who should enrol

This course is aimed at a general audience with a healthy enthusiasm for studying the past but no previous experience in archaeology is necessary.

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