Birkbeck, University of London offers a range of archaeology courses to adult learners in the 2009-10 semesters. For FROG members wishing to learn more about London and the Thames, of particular interest is the weekend course:

The Port of London 20th – 21st March 2010

Led by TDP staff members Gustav Milne and Stuart Brookes.

The course comprises:

DAY 1: A workshop with leading archaeologists to examine evidence for the Roman, Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Port of London.

DAY 2: Field trip though the historic Port of London, including a foreshore visit.

Using the example of Roman and Medieval London we will examine the many changes in how the port functioned (or didn’t), and how these changes reflect wider developments in economy, consumerism, money and society. We will assess the many archaeological discoveries that have been made through the long-term excavation and survey programmes on the London waterfront, and consider the way that this evidence is presented in the capital’s monuments and history, both as heritage attractions and museum exhibits.


10.00-11.00 The port of London: themes, concepts, and discovery
11.15-11.30 BREAK
11.30-12.45 The Port of Roman
13.45-15.00 Beach-marketing in Westminster and the City
15.00-15.15 BREAK
15.15-16.30 From Norman to Plantagenet port
16.30-17.00 Summary and Ends

Fieldtrip through the historic Port of London (preliminary itinerary)
1. Meet outside Charing Cross Tube Station at 10.00am, setting off at 10.15am prompt.
2. We continue by exploring the Anglo-Saxon emporium of Lundenwic, taking in also the Jewel Tower Moat; Tudor river wall, Whitehall/ Somerset House/ Embankment Gardens
3. We will then take a bus to Blackfriars to explore Queenhythe, before stopping at St Paul’s refectory for lunch. There are facilities here to purchase sandwiches, tea, etc, in addition to space to eat packed lunches 
4. From here we continue to London Bridge…
5. …before exploring the Lower Walbrook, the Vintry and Custom House.
9. Ends c 4.30pm

Also on offer are a number of longer courses, meeting weekly between September 2009 and March 2010, aimed at introducing students to the subject of archaeology, its practice, as well as more in-depth studies of the major periods of the British past.

Wednesday 30th September 2009 6.30pm-8.30pm (22 meetings)

Discovery Archaeology which provides a full introduction to the range of methods and activities that archaeologists use to understand the human past. The cost of this course is £350 (£175) / £400 /(£200), and will be held at the UCL Institute of Archaeology.

Monday 28th September 2009 6.30pm-8.30pm (22 meetings)

Landscape Archaeology which is a multidisciplinary introduction to understanding and interpreting social and cultural spaces and places we refer to as ‘landscape’. The cost of this course is £350 (£175) / £400 /(£200), and will be held at the UCL Institute of Archaeology.

Tuesday 29th September 2009 6.30pm-8.30pm (22 meetings)

Castle, Croft and Church: The archaeology of Medieval Europe exploring the archaeology of the Medieval period from AD400-1550. This course addresses issues such as the rise of kings, towns and states, as well as the archaeology of churches, palaces and castles. The cost of this course is £350 (£175) / £400 /(£200) and will be held at the UCL Institute of Archaeology.


You can enrol online using the Birkbeck website.