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Throughout Europe, the Mediterranean, Asia and Africa there are numerous large megalithic buildings, generally described as monuments. There are many myths about their origins, including a ‘race of Giants’. The immense stones have both revealed and obscured details about prehistoric life. As we explore key sites, we will discover how they cannot be understood on their own and why there is no single explanation. Indeed, while all these buildings are built of large stones they were created by very different people and for very different reasons.

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Venue

This course takes place at Madingley Hall, home to the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education.Day schools run from 10.00am to 4.45pm and include four teaching sessions of 75 minutes each. The course fee includes tea, coffee and a buffet lunch.

About Madingley Hall

Madingley Hall itself is an impressive manor house dating back to the mid-16th century. The decoration of the Saloon and the formal Stair Hall was carried out 200 years later, and the whole fabric was renovated with great care around 1900. About four miles from the centre of Cambridge, the Hall stands in several acres of beautifully-maintained gardens and overlooks a landscape which has changed relatively little since it was laid out by Capability Brown. It is just four miles from the centre of Cambridge, and only 60 minutes from London, with excellent links to London airports.

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Course dates

17 Jun 2018

Course duration

1 day(s)

Course fee

£95

Venue

Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
Cambridge
CB23 8AQ
UK

Qualifications / Credits

Non-accredited

Course code

1718NDX057