Introducing Celtic inscriptions
- Cost: £95
- Credits: 5
The Celts were a collection of indo-European peoples united by their use of similar languages and cultures. They indelibly left their mark via fascinating inscriptions on stone, ceramics and lead across early medieval Europe, Britain, and Ireland. Over time people have pondered their meaning but how do we understand these markings now? What do they tell us about the peoples who left them?
Join this short practical course to explore a range of inscriptions made by Celtic peoples and learn first-hand what’s involved in interpreting them. You will study various writing systems used by Celtic peoples, the roles and functions of the inscriptions, and the challenges of interpreting the material evidence – including using the latest 3D models. Special focus will be placed on using the inscriptions to explore further multi-culturalism, gender, and identity in ancient and early medieval Celtic societies.
Over a series of talks, practical demonstrations, and discussions our expert tutor will explain:
- a range of inscriptions made by Celtic peoples from ancient and early medieval Europe, Britain, and Ireland (c. 600 BCE – c. 900 CE), the different types of alphabets used by specific Celtic cultures, the time-frame in which these were employed, and the types of media (e.g. stone, ceramics, or lead) on which they were written
- the practical skills and challenges involved in interpreting the material evidence and new approaches, such as 3D models
- what the inscriptions can reveal regarding multi-culturalism, gender, and identity in ancient and early medieval Celtic societies
You will also have the chance to discuss and reflect on what you learn with other students and the tutor in seminars.
Choose this course if you want to learn:
- how to recognise the different writing systems used by specific Celtic cultures, the time-frame in which these were employed, and the types of media (e.g. stone, ceramics, or lead) on which they were written
- first-hand experience of transliterating select inscriptions, including using 3D models
- the challenges involved in interpreting the material evidence
Who is this course for?
Anyone new to studying ancient history and interested in:
- the history of Scotland, Ireland and Europe, its people, and its role in the world
- the history of Celtic peoples and Celtic studies
- the history of language, writing and inscription
5 credits at SCQF level 7 / level 1 / first year university level
Certificate or Diploma in Higher Education
250-word translation exercise with commentary notes, prefaced by short introduction (100% of final grade)
Mode of study
This 5-week course will be delivered online via 2-hour seminars led by a tutor over Zoom.
Course materials will be provided via our online learning platform Moodle
- Can begin your study of ancient history at university level
- can inform your research of local heritage and ancient objects
Find out more
The University holds open days throughout the year where you can meet with staff to discuss our short course provision. Find out more about University of Glasgow open days