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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)

Archaeology was once described as a means to ‘prove demonstratively those Facts which are asserted in History’. Yet the results of archaeological investigation do not always fall into line lockstep with existing views of history. This course will take a look at a selection of discoveries that should not – according to the received wisdom of the day – have existed. In the process, we will investigate the true depth of human prehistory, what is believed to be the earliest representation of the cosmos, a mechanical Greek computer, the Sutton Hoo ship burial, and lost cities in the jungles of South America. As well as investigating the finds themselves, we will examine their impact on how we view our human past.


Course dates

28 Jul 2024 to 03 Aug 2024

Course duration

1 week

Apply by

23 Jun 2024

Course director

Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


International Summer Programme
Sidgwick Site
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

Credits dependent on home institution

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 5

Course code