Landscape Archaeology: life and livelihoods in five river valleys through the ages

Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 10:15 to Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 12:30

Booking: Booking required. Please contact the museum.

Following on from the successful landscape archaeology course over the winter of 2009, Hadrian Cook and Adrian Green will be taking this ten week course looking at the impact of people on landscape and economy in the river valleys around Salisbury.

The emphasis will on the ways of life of the people who created the river valleys that converge close to the City of Salisbury (rivers Ebble, Nadder, Wylye, Avon and Bourne, the catchment of the ‘Salisbury Avon’). These bear imprints of long-term economic development. Farmers particularly had a dramatic impact upon the appearance of the valleys in early times, and again in the medieval period. Many valleys experienced significant industrial development before what is regarded as the Industrial Revolution, yet they remain valued as areas of scenic beauty, heritage and ecological value.

Valley landscapes in and around Salisbury will be described with reference to the people who created them. Themes are the inter-connectedness of the valleys in communications, rivers as an economic resource base and the resulting rural and urban environmental change.

This course will be taught as a combination of lectures and workshops. These will be held in pairs on Tuesday mornings from 4 May to 15 June (10.15 am – 12.30 pm). Some of the workshops will include the opportunity to handle items from the Museum’s collections. Three fieldtrips will be on the following three Tuesdays (22 June – 6 July). A full programme can be provided on request. The cost for the full programme is £60 to members and £80 to non-members (individual sessions can also be booked).