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Interpreting the Landscape

16 September: 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Michael J Curtis

– Interpreting the Landscape –

 History, geology, landscape

Tutor Profile

Landscape and coastal archaeologist Michael J Curtis (Born UK, 1956) is an Honorary Fellow in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester; a Managing Director of My Ancient World Learning Ltd, an Adult Learning tutor in Archaeology and Ancient History for Northamptonshire Adult Learning Services and Chair of Northamptonshire Archaeological Society.

Michael read Archaeology at the University of Southampton (1974-77), practicing field archaeology and pursuing a successful business career in the public and private sectors before returning to complete an MA in Archaeology at the University of Nottingham (2017).

He was joint editor of a number of papers on Post-Minoan Crete (1998) and was a joint editor of a publication examining Change and Transition on Crete during the Hellenistic, Roman and early Byzantine periods. He is also joint editor of new book series entitled ‘Cretan Studies: New Approaches and Perspectives in the Study of Hellenistic, Roman and Early Byzantine Crete’, published by Oxbow Books and due for publication in May 2024


“The ordinary landscape of Britain has been made by both the natural world and by human activities, interacting with each other over many centuries. This is not an easy idea to grasp. In the last century people (that is, writers) of the thought of the country as the world of Nature in contrast to the town. The opposite exaggeration now prevails: that the rural landscape, no less than Trafalgar Square, is merely the result of human design and ambition.” Oliver Rackham, 1999. ‘The History of the Countryside. The classic history of Britain’s landscape, flora and fauna.’

This 10-week course is very much in the spirit of the above quotation, looking at the development of the Northamptonshire landscape over time.

The course will be presented by Powerpoint supported by occasional handouts.

General Background Reading*

W.G. Hoskins. 1955. The Making of the English Landscape. London: Hodder and Stoughton.

Richard Muir. 2002. The New Reading the Landscape. Fieldwork in Landscape History.

Exeter: University of Exeter Press.

Francis Pryor. 2010. The Making of the British Landscape. How we have transformed the

land, from Prehistory to Today.

Oliver Rackham. 1997. The History of the Countryside. The classic history of Britain’s

landscape, flora and fauna. London: Phoenix Giant.

Christopher Taylor. 1975. Fields in the English Landscape. Gloucester: Alan Sutton


*Additional titles will be suggested during the course sessions.

How to book

Advance booking and payment to reserve places is politely requested. The course fee is £60 for the whole course.

To book and pay on-line please click on the following link to Ticketsource .



If you wish to pay by cash please use the contact details below and the necessary arrangements will be confirmed to you.

Email mo@mikecobbe.com or telephone Mo Cobbe 01604 328822



16 September
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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