Archaeology and landscape at West Dean – talks, walks and discussion with Mark Roberts

Creative and professional development

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About this course

Mark Roberts will share his knowledge and passion for the archaeology of the West Dean area, in a series of talks, walks, and active discussion. The course considers the geological and archaeological framework of the Sussex Downs as an inspiration for artists, composers, poets and writers.

Course Description

The short course will introduce the relationship between archaeology and landscape, entwined with the history of West Dean in its landscape setting. It will also explore the graphic and literary representations of the downland block through time, considering the works of some of the artists, musicians, poets and writers who have been inspired by the Sussex landscape.

Mark Roberts, is best known for his excavations and research at the half a million year old site at Boxgrove. He is the Tutor for Fieldwork at the UCL Institute of Archaeology and Honorary Fellow of West Dean College. Mark will use the course to share his extensive knowledge and passion for the archaeology and history of the West Dean area. The course will consist of a series of talks and active discussion, and involve time both inside the classroom and outside walking in the local landscape. This will draw on Mark’s recent excavations and studies of various sites around West Dean, conducted with his UCL students.

The course aims to appeal widely to artists, writers, archaeologists, and those with an interest in the environment and ecology of the area: essentially, those who have an interest in the natural landscape and understanding its formation and change through time. We shall consider the area as a source of inspiration but not shy away from considering those long tracts of time, when for many, life on the Downs was particularly arduous, hard and short. We shall ask, is the landscape of Belloc, Ravilous, Kipling and Ireland a modern construct that mytholigizes South Downs? The course is designed to be lively and provocative and input from students attending is actively encouraged; it has something for everyone with an interest in interpreting and understanding the landscape surrounding West Dean College, in its 50th Anniversary year.

Timetable

Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • A sturdy notebook and pens/pencils, camera/phone
  • Warm/waterproof coats and walking boots, for excursions into the landscape

Tutors

Mark Roberts

Mark Roberts, archaeologist and lecturer at UCL, is best known for his excavations and research at the half a million year old site at Boxgrove. He is the Tutor for Fieldwork at the UCL Institute of Archaeology and Honorary Fellow of West Dean College. Mark enjoyed sharing his extensive knowledge and passion for the archaeology, which includes the history of the West Dean area, through recent excavations and studies of various sites around West Dean conducted with his UCL students. Mark aims to inspire discussion around the subjects he introduces through his teaching.

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