(ARCH035) Britain in the Iron Age: Contact, Communication and Trade

Iron age coin horde[ Portable Antiquities Scheme CC BY-SA 2.0 ]


Course start date: Tuesday 22nd April 2025
Course end date: Friday 27th June 2025
Early Bird Price: £135 BOOK NOW

Tutor: Dr Tina Tuohy
Course Code: ARCH035
Level: Non-accredited, non-credit bearing
Assessments/Exams: None. Throughout the course you will be given ideas and questions to respond to in the online discussion area. Participation in online discussion is encouraged, but not compulsory. There will be an opportunity to undertake an an optional essay of 1500-2500 words. If you choose to do this you will not receive a mark or grade, but you will receive feedback from the tutor on your work.
Duration: 10 weeks
Estimated Student Study Time: 2 – 5 hours per week are recommended, but time spent is flexible and at your discretion.
Fee: £150.00
Pre-Requisite Course(s): None
Delivery: Online Distance Learning
Late Entrants: If this course is not full by the start date then late entrants will be accepted for up to two weeks after the start of the course. As a late entrant you can choose to catch up on the material you have missed or you can skip the missed weeks and concentrate on the material at the point where you join the course, but unfortunately we cannot offer fee reductions or course extensions for late entrants.

This course was previously taught by Dr Tina Tuohy when it was offered by the University of Exeter*. If you studied it with the University of Exeter* you might not wish to study it again with Learn for Pleasure as although we have revised and updated our courses where necessary, it will likely be substantively the same.

Syllabus Plan

Week 01: Introduction to 1st Millennium BC and Iron Age Studies
Week 02: The Somerset Lake Villages: Glastonbury and Meare
Week 03: Domestic Crafts: Bone, Antler, Textiles, and Wood
Week 04: Specialised Crafts: Metalwork, Glass and Pottery
Week 05: Travel by Land
Week 06: Travel by Water
Week 07: Internal Trade: Salt, Pottery, Querns, Combs and Beads
Week 08: Continental Trade
Week 09: Oppida
Week 10: Social Change and the Coming of Rome