Short Courses


Our range of Archaeology courses offer fascinating explorations of humanity’s past. Covering many ages and continents, our courses are taught by professional archaeologists and include practical experiences and field visits.

Courses marked as (credit) are open to all, however participants will be required to matriculate as a student at the University of Edinburgh as part of the registration process for these courses. Guidance on this process will be provided. Find out more about studying for credit here.

Please note that from September 2017, bookings for non-credit courses will close 8 days before a course start date. Bookings for credit courses will close 15 days before a course start date.


Term 1 Courses (Starting September 2017)


The Vikings 


An Introduction to Archaeology (Credit)  

World Mythologies 

Term 2 Courses (Starting January 2018)


Eastern Mediterranean in the Late Bronze Age
The Last Hunters and First Farmers of Europe
Archaeology of Scotland: Stone and Bronze, the Early Prehistory


Archaeological Biographies           

Myths, Monarchs and Monuments of Ancient Egypt

Introduction to Archaeology: Digging Deeper
The Trojan War in Archaeology, Homer and the Epic Cycle

Term 3 Courses (Starting April 2018)


Archaeology of Scotland: Iron Age, the Romans and Early Historic Period


Aspects Of Ancient Near Eastern Demonology


For all general enquiries relating to the course, such as places available or location, please contact COL by phoning +44(0)131 650 4400 or emailing

Our Course Organisers can help you with enquiries about the academic content of courses.


Rachael King

  • Programmes: Archaeology; Literature; Music

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