Googling the earth: online resources for discovering landscape archaeology (3 June – 21 July 2013)
This online course will introduce a multidisciplinary approach to archaeological landscapes and different ways sites can be studied using available online resources. You will learn to assess information from different sources, search archaeological databases and create your own maps using Google Earth and other tools.
The course will begin with an introduction to the archaeology of prehistoric and historic landscapes by outlining their development worldwide and summarising different approaches and methods used in their study.
Students will be introduced to the multidisciplinary approach underpinning interpretations and understanding of landscape archaeology.
Archaeological sites will be used as a case study to present an aspect in the study of landscapes and draw together different online resources. The case studies will be drawn from different parts of the world, and from different periods. Each teaching week will introduce students to, and give them practical experience in, skills in mapping, interpretation and research.
Students will learn step by step how to find reliable information, how to use different online resources and search for archaeological and historical information on the history of man-made landscapes.
Courses are open to anyone with an interest in the topic and you can sign up online.
Each course lasts seven weeks, including an introductory week, five weeks of active participation guided by your tutor Dr Ulla Rajala, and one week of feedback.
Enjoy an engaging, collaborative environment with small class sizes drawn from an international audience, and lively online debates.
Carry on learning after your course has finished. All students have access to an online resource area and subject-specific discussion forums for two academic years after completing their study.
Gain a Certificate of Participation. Students who contribute constructively to weekly discussions and exercises/assignments will receive a Certificate.