False 23past horizons learn about archaeology at birkbeck college Advertising Feature The School of History, Classics and Archaeology has a high profi le for both its teaching and research. History at Birkbeck has a long and distinguished tradition as an international centre of excellence, and a distinctive intellectual character. Archaeology & Egyptology Courses Part Time, Evening and Weekly Courses At Birkbeck we offer a wide range of courses on all aspects of Archaeology taught by people who are as passionate about the past as they are about sharing their expert knowledge with you. We offer a number of courses within the following awards: ? MA Archaeology – 2 years Part time ? Certifi cate HE Archaeology ? Certifi cate HE The Archaeology of Britain ? Certifi cate HE Egyptology ? Certifi cate HE Ancient Near Eastern and Aegean Studies ? Certifi cate HE Archaeologicall Practices & Techniques Archaeology modules include: ? Society and Culture in the Roman Empire ? Birth of a Nation: The Archaeology of England c. 400- 1540 ? Human Evolution ? Discovering Archaeology: Studying the Past ? Bioarchaeology – The Archaeology of Human Bones ? Landscape Archaeology ? Prehistoric Britain: New Ideas Thoughts & Theories ? Art and Archaeology I: Prehistoric Art ? After the Excavation: Archaeology from Processing to Publication ? The Study of Artefacts ? Kings over Everything: The Archaeology of Britain within the Roman Empire ? London Bodies: An Introduction to the Study of Human Skeleton Remains We are also offering the following new modules: ? Archaeology, Codices and Ethnohistory of Sixteenth- Century Mexico ? The Ancient Near East in the Second Millennium BC: The Rise of Nationalism and International Relations ? Discovering Mesopotamima: History of Ancient Middle Eastern Studies ? Historical Developments in Ancient Egypt ? Introduction to Akkadian ? Advanced Akkadian 1 day conferences ( study days) ? From Babylon to Amarna: Ancient Middle Eastern Interaction s in the Days of Akhenaten ( 1 day conference) ? Gods of Ancient Egypt ? New Research in Egyptian Archaeology ? The Beginning of the Egyptian State MA Archaeology The MA Archaeology is designed to teach the methods and practice of contemporary archaeology. It is suitable for both volunteer and professional archaeologists. Our MA in Archaeology has been designed to fi t around the lives of working people. Core course and options modules take place over the weekend and in one week slots. The MA course runs from October to July and is undertaken over two years on a part- time basis. Interviews for the MA in Archaeology are between July and September. For more information please go to: http:// www. bbk. ac. uk/ ce/ archaeology/ ma_ archaeology. html T: 020 7631 6627 E: archaeology@ FLL. bbk. ac. uk For a copy of the new 2008/ 2009 prospectus please telephone 020 7631 6627 or 0845 601 0174 or go to www. birkbeck. ac. uk/ ce/ archaeology where you can enrol directly online by completing the online form beside each module description or by calling central enrolment on 020 7631 6651.
False past horizons24 Giving the Past Albania A future The greatest achievement for heritage conservation and archaeology to date in Albania has been the creation of Butrint National Park. This success story is due to the tireless efforts of many individuals and organisations involved in the campaign to put Butrint on the heritage map and rescue it from years of neglect. The benefi ts for the local people have been enormous and have shown how progress can be made in a relatively short space of time if there is a strong will to do so. Of course, Albania is still a poor country in European terms and the people themselves desperately need to learn new skills as the old industries disappear. The recently formed Albanian National Trust is working to address this problem by inspiring local and international communities to work together in projects which will provide training for volunteers and create a basis for increased heritage tourism which will in turn benefi t the local community. This article takes a look at three groups that are currently involved in projects around the city of Gjirokastra, in southern Albania, and explains how you can participate in these exciting ventures. conservation holiday - responsible travel Gjirokastra is one of Albania’s most beautiful and original towns, known as the ‘ town of the thousand steps’ with houses huddled one above the other around the dramatic fortress. The castle of Gjirokastra is the second biggest in the Balkans and in the centre of the town is the Bazaar Mosque. In the Old Bazaar quarter there are many shops situated in the narrow streets, and in the Mecite quarter are the old Turkish baths dating to 17th century. Nearby is also the Tekke of Melan, a Bektashi monastery at a former fortifi ed site dating back to the 4th century, but now almost lost beyond the remote villages of the region. Volunteers will work on two sites – the castle at Gjirokastra, and the monastery at Melan, moving between them during the holiday. The work will focus on clearing overgrowing vegetation on and around both of these historic buildings. There is an ongoing archaeological excavation at Melan and, assuming it is active at that time, workers can help out with this, too. Much of the work is defi ned by local need at the time, so be prepared for fl exibility in the programme. Finally, there will be a visit to Saranda where the group will have a personalised tour of the legendary Butrint National Park. Dates: 15 september - 30 September 2008 Cost: £ 580 excluding flights Website: www. responsibletravel. com/ Trip/ Trip100199. htm ? Clock tower and the sheer castle walls at Gjirokastra by maggie struckmeier