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The University of Southampton
Lifelong Learning

Amazing Things: The Archaeology of Art

The aims of this course are to introduce you to the study of art in archaeology and its significance for furthering our understanding of the past and consider the range of different human attitudes toward art and design (past and present).

Cave painting
Cave painting

The course is multi-phase and investigates evidence from early prehistory to more recent times; this format will allow you to compare and contrast the artistic achievements of successive cultures. The course will enable you explore the vast array of practices employed in the design, production, and decoration of art and artefacts in both the distant and not-so distant past through a series of lectures, discussions, and activities.

The course will focus on themed examples from British history, however, on occasion, additional noteworthy examples from further afield will also be considered to help illustrate a topic. We will examine a range of subjects from the human form and dress and identity to political and religious art.


Date: Tuesday evenings, starting 4 February 2014
Time: 7 - 9 pm
Duration: 12 meetings


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