Villages, Towns and Cities: the development of settlements in south Wiltshire

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 to Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Booking: Booking required. Please contact the museum.
£60 Members;  £70 Non-Members; £10 for individual days.
Wednesdays 29 April to 17 June 2015. Lectures start at 10.15am at the museum. Afternoon sessions at various locations in south Wiltshire (see below).
 To develop students’ ideas of landscape evolution in respect of settlements and the evolution of historically significant examples through teaching, landscape investigation techniques and application of knowledge in the field, in south Wiltshire.
Learning Outcomes
  • Appreciate historic relationships between geology, landscape and settlement.
  • Understand the evolution of 6,000 years of human settlement.
  • Ability to link archaeological and historic information used to investigate settlement.
  • Appreciate scales of urbanisation in the south Wiltshire landscape.
Hadrian Cook (HC), Adrian Green (AG), Steve Hannath (SH), Bill Moffat (BM) and David Richards (DR).
South Wiltshire is an ideal area in which to investigate the evolution of settlements and settlement patterns through time. This course comprises eight study days through which the evolution of human settlement can be scrutinised through lectures, walks, practical sessions and field visits designed to support the formal teaching and also demonstrate the relationship between settlement history and the field.
Each day will be a selection of activities selected from (i) formal lectures (ii) practical activities as appropriate and (iii) field visits to explore what is learned from formal learning. Each day will be ‘stand alone’ and can be bought piecemeal, or taken as part of the full eight-day programme during weeks commencing 29 April to 17 June. There will be a reduction in cost for participation in the entire programme.
In many ways the settlement forms and patterns of south Wiltshire are typical of southern England, in that the local geology and river valley patterns have conditioned human activity since before the rise of agriculture. From modest beginnings in the Neolithic and Bronze ages, human settlement evolved including hillforts and Roman towns, to regionally and nationally important centres such as Wilton and Old Sarum to include the modern City of Salisbury.  This course is available to students either as a package of eight study days, or as a sequence of stand-alone day sessions that can be attended individually. In addition to formal teaching there will be practical sessions, including map investigations, examination of geophysical data, opportunities of handling of geological and archaeological materials, field visits and a visit to a ‘live’ archaeological site.
1 What do we build on, and build with? The geology and shape of Wessex - 29 April (HC+SH)
2 Putting rocks to use: buildings and economic geology in Wessex - 6 May (SH +HC)
3 Humans, transition landscapes and the origins of settlement - 13 May (BM, HC & AG)
4 Romans and Saxons: continuity and change in the Salisbury area - 20 May (BM, AG & HC)
5 Power, settlements and the lower Avon valley from the middle ages - 27 May (HC)
6 Salisbury and earlier settlements - 3 June (DR, BM & HC)
7 How to build a city second time around: Old & New Sarum - 10 June (BM)
8 Agrarian impacts: settlements and landscape economy in the Woodford valley - 17 June (HC)