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Mill Hill Archaeology Study Society

some of our previous courses


Life in Roman Britain
10 classes:  January 2017
The Western Roman Empire
10 classes:  October 2016

Early Roman Britain
10 classes:  October 2015

We studied various aspects of the Roman occupation of Britain.

How It Was - Your Local Archaeology
6 classes: April 2015

Local 13th Century Ceramics:  the Pinner kiln site
Some local Saxon & Medieval Sites
The Royal Palaces of Enfield
Copped Hall: - a 16th-17th Century House
Some Local Post Medieval Sites

The Temple of Mithras, London

The Archaeology of the Anglo-Saxons
20 classes:  October 2014

We studied the emergence of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms following the end of the Roman occupation of Britain
and the later arrival of the Vikings.

The Archaeology of the First Peoples into Australia
6 classes:  April 2014

We studied the arrival of the first people into Australia c 50,000 years ago through both archaeology and aboriginal  oral traditions. 

Specific topics included rock art and the extinction of the megafauna. Other themes included the material culture of the first peoples, the creation of early art and the relationship of this to the ‘Dreamtime’.

The Archaeology of the Middle and New Kingdoms of Ancient Egypt
20 classes: October 2013

We examined the development of the Middle Kingdom through the period of Empire to the New Kingdom. 

We studied the single surviving intact pharonic tomb, that of Tutankhamun and examined his role in the Amarna period.

Finally we looked into the reasons why Egypt declined at the end of the New Kingdom.

The Archaeology of the First Peoples into North America
6 classes:  April 2013

We studied the archaeology of the first of the native peoples into North America. We investigated theories regarding
the entry and date via the Bering Strait and routes available to the newcomers from Alaska & the Yukon. The Clovis
and then Folsum expansion into the Great Plains were dealt with as was the possible human causes of the
megafauna extinction.

The Archaeology of Most Ancient Egypt
20 classes:  September 2012

We examined the development of one of the world’s oldest civilizations from the formative stage to the end of the Old Kingdom. 

We explored reasons for the decline and eventual end of the Old Kingdom.

Human Origins - Update!
6 classes:April 2012

This course was both an introduction and an update to the study of human origins. We examined the biological and early cultural evolution of humans from the time when hominins (our ancestors) first walked upright.  The discovery of ‘new’ human species such as Homo floresiensis: (the Hobbit) and  the Russian ‘Denisovans’ was examined.

The Archaeology of Later Prehistoric Europe
20 classes: September 2011

We considered the nature, structure and complexity of the archaeology of later European prehistory and studied the material culture, landscapes and cultural behaviour of the various peoples who developed later prehistoric Europe.

The increasing complexity of European cultures was investigated as well as the development of civilizations in
Crete (the Minoans) and on mainland Greece (the Mycenaeans). 

The Archaeology of the Maya
6 classes:April 2011

The history, development and final collapse of the Maya was examined by study of themes including social organisation,
religion, settlements, relations with neighbouring societies and the Mayan writing and calendar systems.  

We looked into what is known of the
2012 Phenomenon, the belief held by some that the Maya predicted that cataclysmic or transformative events will occur on December 21 2012.  

The Archaeology of Early Prehistoric Europe
20 classes: October 2010
We investigated the early prehistory of Europe by examining the the nature of the sites,  the movement of peoples, 
their material culture and ideas from the earliest arrival of humans up to the beginning of metal working.

Study was by themes including social organisation, belief systems, exchange networks and settlement patterns.

We began by looking at the evolution of the human species which first colonised Europe.

The Celtic World: Myth and Religion
6 classes: April 2010

We examined the background to Celtic belief systems and their priesthood, the Druids, through a study of both documentary and archaeology's evidence. 

The mythology of archaeological sites in Europe, Britain and Ireland was also explored.  

The Celtic World
20 classes: October 2009

We studied the
archaeology of Iron Age Europe and Britain.

Archaeology of the Bible
6 classes: May 2009

We studied recent archaeological discoveries in the Near East and how they have illuminated our understanding
of the Bible as history. 

The Archaeology of the Ancient Near East:  Hittites to Babylonians
20 classes:October 2008

We studied the archaeology of the Ancient Near East from the Bronze Age
(Hittites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Israelites, Egyptians).

The Life and Times of the Boy Pharoah
6 classes: April 2008

We studied the events involving Tutankhamun and the Amarna period of the New Kingdom.